When your world feels like it’s falling apart and the plan’s out the window!

By: Quinton de Bruin

Think of those days (for me, today is one of them) which can be best described by visualising yourself having been hit by a bus after leaving the cap off the blender holding (for a slit second) the contents of your breakfast smoothie! Yes, one of those days where the time you put into planning the day could clearly have been spent better taking care of all the extra bits that got thrown on your desk to take care of. Great, now we are on the same page…. if you have not experienced this, go to the kitchen, take out the blender…..um no maybe not, I have already mentioned shoe shopping!

When you look to take on any change in your life, your normal day also gets affected. If I think about this challenge, the requirement being to eat raw clean foods regularly with the one cheat meal allowed per week and to get six exercise sessions in per week. Human nature is to look at our calendar and go, "right, I'll get the training out the way before work, drop the kids off after that and still be in the office by 9 – easy!" What happens in reality is more like: wake up an hour before your alarm because one of the children is sick, or you haven't slept much because of work stress, so when you wake up you're rationalising why you would be better off to leave your gym session till after work, add an hour to the alarm, turn over and Bob's your uncle, you're "winning". Your day turns out to be average because you know you fooled yourself and you feel a bit guilty because you also remember that you said you would (fill the gap – cook dinner, pick up the kids, mow the lawns) so before you know it the day is done and you feel like you have failed. Why, when you were so convinced your plan was fool proof, and that you were setting the game up to win?

The answer to this dilemma because it will happen to you and you will want to see it coming, so read on smart people. Goals generally are big things, things that will make you feel like the effort to get there is worth it. For this challenge, mine are large but realistic: six kilograms fat loss and a drop in body fat of 4%. We spoke about process and trusting it, similarly the one eye should absolutely be on the prize – the big goal – after all that is your motivation, the driving force behind the early starts on the clock, the extra rep in the gym and the reason that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS TODAY, I WILL GET MY SESSION IN. The other eye needs to be on that first 'step' required to do what it takes, whether it's making a point of having your gear laid out the night before, getting out the door, making it to the gym – even the most amazing athletes like Mohammed Ali comment on the fact that there are days that even the greatest don't feel like getting up, but they do, they focus on one small thing at a time: dress, get in the car, put the first weights on the bar for a bench press and before you know it your pumping away like your life depends on it.

Anyone who's ever had a goal, has at some point in time had obstacles in their way that could stop them from training, or excuses about why they should skip a session. This pertains to all walks of life, goal- oriented business people have bad days too, but yet they have an eye on the prize and an eye on the actions and activities that will get them there, knowing that mistakes will happen and some meetings will not go according to plan.

Today's session was a challenge for me, I really like training early, it's a great way to start the day. I finally made it into the gym for a session at 4pm, the first few sets were hard work, the weights felt heavier and the heat was draining. I had a victory though, despite the world being turned upside down, I got there and I got started. It was a matter of time before the mind switches and you fall right back into the groove. I ended up having the best cardio session yet – killed myself with battle ropes and a kettlebell. You see like Rocky says to his son: "It Ain't How Hard You Hit…It's How Hard You Can Get Hit and Keep Moving Forward". Life will continually challenge you and challenge what you say you want to achieve, to see just how much you want it, what you would be prepared to do to achieve it.

With all that, I did have a great omelette this morning with bacon, spinach and mushroom - left the toast that came with it – another win see, you just need to spot them (very easy when you are at a breakfast meeting in a café). Lunch was poor because the day turned to custard so never got to make my salad, it ended up being a piece of cured meat (dried wors) and a cup of bone broth. Believe it or not that took me through a full tough workout. Dinner was great, and easy, we had beef mince lettuce wraps with tomato, capsicum and cucumber.

So, when your day takes a turn, look for the opportunity to take that first step toward achieving what needs to be a MUST activity, even the greatest marathons start with a first step.

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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