Yes, we’re all stuck in some sort of rut. It might be something to do with career, money, relationships, health and fitness, the list goes on. It might just be something seemly simple. On the other hand, it might be something so overwhelming that you have no idea how to get ‘unstuck’. I won’t pretend to be a Psychologist or Matt Foley, you may need one or the other. I’ll take a simpler approach.
During an Internet Radio Show interview about a year ago, I was asked what single piece of advice I would give to someone who felt they were going nowhere and wanted to change the direction of their life. Since I did not know that question was coming, my mind rapidly raced through all sorts of possible answers, kind of like my life flashing before my eyes.
I don’t remember my exact answer, but I know it wasn’t very compelling and most likely just sounded like ‘blah, blah, blah’ from the CrossFit guy. Of course, immediately after the interview was over the better answer was clear in my mind. I should have replied: Either start a new exercise routine OR improve your eating habits. Pick one. Don’t worry about doing both, just pick one. The other will follow soon afterwards. It will change the way you feel faster than anything else I can recommend. You’ll feel better, have more energy and probably think more clearly. When you feel better, have more energy and think more clearly, you can accomplish much more in your life.
The reason I was being interviewed was to talk about how I changed the direction of my life. Fifteen years ago I was 40+ pounds overweight. I ate to much, I drank too much and I smoked too much. My only physical activity was hitting a little white ball around well manicured fairways while doing as little walking as possible. I was a wreck and knew I had to make a change. I chose to start an aggressive workout routine first. I saw positive results in a few short weeks. A couple months later I started eating better. I stopped eating crap. The combination worked for me. I lost forty pounds and felt better than I had in over 20 years. I had more energy and clearer thinking which enabled me to make much needed changes in my life. I was able to accurately access my situation, set new goals, learn new skills, seek assistance from others, force myself out of my comfort zone and take necessary action. That’s how you get out of a rut.
So what do you do if you already have an exercise program and you eat pretty healthy stuff? My answer is the same. Either improve your exercise routine OR improve your eating habits. Pick one. Add some strength work to your existing endurance routine. Add some endurance work to your existing strength routine. Start our 100 Days of Suck Challenge. Get outside your comfort zone and work on what you suck at. Write a food log for one week. You’ll see what you are having too much of, or maybe too little of. Decide to eliminate or reduce just one thing. Refined sugar, cheap vegetable oils, processed foods or alcohol. Something, just pick one.
Do this for one month and then tell me how it’s working for you. My hope is that you will be getting out of whatever rut you’re in right now.