I have absolutely no idea where to start on this one, so I guess I’ll just start typing and see what falls onto the page.
ARTIFICIAL MOTIVATION INFLATION
When I wrote my post last week I’d just got back from a holiday the day before, and towards the end of the holiday I was chomping at the bit to get stuck back into some stuff I wanted to work on, including improving on and being more consistent with this blog.
My motivation felt like it was peaking!
I’ve noticed a funny thing about my motivation to get stuff done though and be sure to let me know if I’m on my own here, but it stems from my present self getting a lot of comfort out of making plans for my future self.
What I mean by that is that I’ll sit there and think about what I’m going to achieve this next year or the next month or tomorrow, the timeframe doesn’t seem to matter.
I’ll picture myself getting stuck into the task at hand, then completing said task, and then after that I feel awesome, relaxed and even productive.
The only problem is that I haven’t done anything yet, and when the time rolls around to actually do it, all that excitement and motivation are gone.
All good though because I’ll just make my next set of plans and feel awesome about not actually completing them!
That’s a recipe to get nothing done but still feel like you’re smashing it, and then wonder why nothing that you wanted to achieve happened in the previous twelve months.
I think visualisation and making plans is awesome, and I’ll continue to do it, but it’s also important to acknowledge where the flaws in your game plan are and create solutions that will help you counter them.
In my case I need to write down a list of things that need to be done in a seven-day period to build my business. At the moment that list is centred around my social media presence, so this blog, the amount of Facebook posts I need to put up etc.
I find a list works well for me because I quite enjoy ticking things off a list as I do them. In fact, I often write things on the list that I’ve already done just so I can tick it anyway.
And when I’m getting my thrills from list ticking, I’m actually getting things done which was the whole point of this spiel.
GETTING RID OF THE HOLIDAY SOFTNESS
One of the first things I did when getting back was to go and buy some vegetables of the green variety. I genuinely crave veggies when I’ve been eating junk for a while, so it’s been good to get some down the hatch.
I try not to aim for anything to outlandish when getting my nutrition back on track, so the plan this week was that every breakfast would be a pile of greens, a good serve of protein and some good fat as well.
I also started trying to close up my eating window a bit to see how that goes. This week was an eleven hour window, so the last bit of food I eat for the day needs to go down no more than eleven hours after first bit.
And I’m going legit with it so that includes any beverages.
This week went pretty well, with most days at eleven hours, one day at about nine hours, and a couple that just crept over.
I’ve heard of people that start eating earlier in the morning and stop early in the afternoon, but I just can’t make that work for me so I start eating as late as I can so that my evening can feel pretty normal.
I’d love to try to get the window down to eight of nine hours but I’ll see how I go.
And for the record, my weight was up one or so kilograms when I got back, and it’s down half a kilo as of this morning.
I got a few training sessions back in and did some mobility work as well, although I’m going to have to do more mobility because my shoulder and back are feeling super jacked up at the moment. They’re both long term niggles I just have to keep on top of.
I did a fair bit (for me) of cardio this week, and my tactic with that is going to be a bit different going forward.
I used to write a specific routine that I’d try to stick to and inevitably stop doing because I got bored.
For now I’m going to do whatever cardio I feel like doing on the day, which this week has included using the rower, walking, walking up quite steep hills, and farmers carries.
And so far so good.
I’ll wrap this one up right there.
Thank you for reading, and I’ll catch you next week.