The universal principle of PROCESS!

By: Quinton de Bruin

In my very short 41 years of life I can categorically state that there has never been a time when we have expected things to happen faster than we do now. Flicking through the Yellow Pages for a phone number; running to the Real Groovy store for the latest CD release; waiting for the shops to open in the morning so you can get a shirt you like or heading into the travel agent to book a holiday (yes for those of you under 25 that really used to happen!) That was the norm; these days you pull out your mobile phone and with a few taps of the thumb you have it all done! Isn't life convenient!? What is less convenient is that if you were a farmer and did nothing but chill out at the beach when you should have been planting your crop, you will be in for a rather disappointing surprise come harvest time! That is because there is a natural "law" or principle of process. Simply put, there are natural things in the world that take time and there is no way to shortcut the process. In order to harvest a crop one needs to plant the seed at the right time.
Marketers have the ability through mass marketing and messaging to convince us that there are fast ways to achieve lasting results – the health industry demonstrates this well – all you need to do is pop this pill or drink that shake and detox with this tea. There is a natural process our body goes through to burn fat, to use your fat as fuel to do activities like exercise, run marathons, walk to the lounge, repair muscle fibre and so on. It doesn't just disappear. By consuming more good foods and far less of the poorer types of food, you help your body to find this fuel from your fat stores.

At the start of this journey, this is something I need to remind myself of. Weight loss or building muscle, growing stronger or faster is a process – sure it starts with a decision that is instantaneous but hitting that target takes time and a lot of repetitive work. When you want to achieve an outcome, you tend to be fixated on that dream or goal, and although it is a motivating factor, losing sight of and enjoying the process is very often the reason the goal seems elusive or impossible. In the case of this challenge, the process is made up of a very slow step-by-step approach, trusting that each meal and every training session in its own small way is contributing to you achieving that goal. Likewise, not exercising or making poor food choices will also have an impact on the outcome. Trusting the process rather than needing confirmation in daily weigh in's or the 'lack of progress' you see in the mirror each day, is without argument one of the most difficult things to do.

How do you trust the process or plan? How do you know that you won't be wasting the next 30 days' worth of focus and dedication? I would suggest you need to know that the plan works, clarity on that alone is essential to your belief in the process and yourself. Get a programme from a trainer and a meal plan from a nutritionist, that is tailored to you and set to help you achieve the objective you would like. If you have a nagging feeling in the back of your mind about whether you have a great plan or process, speak to the professionals at the gym, Mel, Josh, Sean or Amber will soon be able tell how you would get on with your plan.
My plan for me today was a lot more like I'd prefer it. I got to the gym shortly after 6.30 (boom, victory #1 done!) and according to my plan took on back and biceps muscle groups today. After this I jumped on this really awesome piece of equipment (the only one of its kind in Cambridge) called the Matrix S-Drive. I did a 20 minute high intensity interval session. Being warm from the weights session I did a 2-minute walk on the S-Drive and as it is not mechanically driven, you are in control of the speed and resistance. After the warm up I broke the session down into 20 seconds' work time and 40 seconds rest time and a full 18 reps to make up the 20 minutes. For the 20 second work slots, I set the resistance level to 6 and I dropped my hands onto the middle bar because at that resistance, I couldn't stay standing and move the belt. I then ran as fast as I could for that work slot, using the 40 seconds to catch my breath before repeating the same again.

Breakfast today was right out of the Wild Meal plan. It was a cup of Bone Broth and 2 boiled eggs. Yes, it does sound odd, by the end of day 30 you will come to terms that I like giving the unusual options a go! The bone broth is homemade, I did that over the weekend and it was so easy, the most difficult part proved to be finding bones to make it with!
Leading a reasonably busy lifestyle, I aim to keep things simple and convenient and for this reason don't be surprised to see the amount of meals or items (like boiled eggs) I eat regularly. Reason being I can prepare 8-10 of them at once and just pull them out on the run.

Lunch was a rather boring straightforward tuna salad. Lettuce, cucumber, avocado, capsicum and tuna.
Dinner was a bit more exciting, pan fried trevally (fried in coconut oil) served with a "fake" potato salad, which consists of cauliflower, capsicum, chilli, spring onions and a boiled egg. The dressing was mayonnaise based to which I added some lemon juice and dijonnaise (with just a sprinkle of smoked paprika) – very tasty!

Success isn't about perfection, success is about doing a high-quality job a high percentage of the time. Setting the game up in a way where you win means you get to enjoy the process and appreciate it almost as much as you do the final result.

The small print: now is probably a good time to encourage you to have a discussion about your personal situation with your doctor, a nutritionist and the Body and Motion trainers to work out how best to achieve any challenges you have in mind. The thoughts in these blogs are my own personal opinion and shouldn't be taken as direct advice. Some of the choices around what I consume or what activity I partake in may not be endorsed by Body and Motion. However, the team will always be keen enablers of your fitness goals! Talk to us today.


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