On any given night, set your DVR or VCR (do they even make those anymore?) to tape a few hours on any random channel between the hours of 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. and you’ll no doubt learn of the latest ab device that will melt the fat with less effort. Oh wait, you own that, don’t you? Let’s be honest, we’ve all been suckered and probably own more than one device to shed the pounds.
At the end of the day, there are several pieces of equipment that are the “go to” pieces that never fail: barbells loaded with weight, squat racks, kettlebells, and a host of many others. But the most overlooked piece of equipment in the gym isn’t usually found in the gym – unless you bring it with you. It’s low-tech, pretty cheap, very portable and extremely powerful. It’s called The Journal.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure.
Perhaps you’ve heard the quote above. Regardless, it rings a sincere note of truth. In the area of transformation and resurrection, there are many ways you can measure and track in your journal, right?
- Body fat percentage
- Inches (hips, legs, waist, biceps, stomach, chest, etc.)
- Strength (how many lbs. you can lift or how many reps you did)
- Endurance (how far or how fast)
- Blood pressure
The journal is an amazing tool – and something I personally use almost everyday. I log my workouts, my nutrition, my highs/lows and areas of opportunity or challenge. It allows me to go back and see how far I’ve come or how far I have to go. I can see my progress, good or bad. I highly encourage everyone to track progress, but before beginning, be sure you’ve discovered your Why? and write that on the initial pages, as we discussed yesterday. And now there is one more thing you can add to your initial pages. What is your HOW?
Your HOW? is something you won’t usually find in weight loss or transformational journeys. To me it is one of the most important. We’re not talking about how you are going to lose the weight. Oh we’ll get to that, trust me! 🙂 At this early point in time, let’s go deeper, just as I promised we would.
Your HOW? focuses on this question: how did you get into the place you are in today? Whether you are overweight, lacking self-esteem or simply making poor choices – how did you arrive in that space? Sheila, a past client of mine, was overweight, divorced and wanting a new life. Through a series of questions and introspection, we identified Sheila’s HOW. During her childhood, Sheila was advancing, branching out, and becoming independent. Her mother interfered with Sheila’s progress and took various steps to stall Sheila’s independence. Buried deep inside after many years, those months of sabotage were still showing up in Sheila’s subconscious. Her mom’s voice telling her she wasn’t good enough continued to echo thirty years later. Our parents aren’t perfect, just as we will never be. The exercise about HOW we arrive at our own places of inadequacy isn’t so much about blame but one of forgiveness.
Whether a parent issue, divorce, abuse or something else, dig deep to determine where in your life did things start to go wrong. Write that down in your journal. Then start the next sentence with “I forgive…” The person you forgive for mostly contributing to your state of inadequacy may be your parent, spouse or perhaps even yourself. Forgive that person. There is no magic time machine we can jump in to take away the hurt that may have led to your weight gain. So forgive. With that written down, it’s now logged as a reminder that you know the HOW and it is forgiven. If forgiveness is hard to arrive at, seek the help of a professional counselor or therapist in your area.
Is your HOW a new step in determining how you will change for the better? Does writing in a journal seem like a good idea or something you’ve seen that helps you progress? If so, tell me about it in the comments section.