When you lose yourself, when things become too complicated, you need to back off and regroup. Don’t be afraid to step back, take a look, scrap a draft and start again. Don’t be afraid to get back to the basics. Sometimes that’s all you need to get you moving and flowing again.
Fitness is my thing. I love it. Especially CrossFit. Yes, I am one of those people. But, I also love to run. I ran a marathon back in March for my birthday and it was a great experience. Training for it was just as great. It was simple. You get up, get out and run a few miles each day. The number keeps growing and growing until you’re at a high enough mileage to run a full marathon. I trained for 6 months and completed the marathon. I dropped all other training to specifically train for this marathon.
Once the marathon was over, I tried to get back into the gym and train the way I did before marathon training. I started off well, but it got ugly right quick and in a hurry. Training 5 days a week turned into 3 days, then into 1 day until pretty soon I was training every other week. Obviously, I wasn’t feeling good about myself and my pants were getting a lot tighter.
I hated it. I hated the way I felt, and it impacted every other part of my life. Training on a daily basis and maintaining or improving my fitness keeps me sharp. It keeps me motivated. It keeps me happy. When I fell off, I was in shambles and I only had myself to blame.
So, what happened?
After the marathon and all the training, I tried to get back into the gym at the exact same place that I left like I never missed a day. That was a mistake. My body was rejecting the training and I would only get frustrated and not finish the workouts. Eventually I just stopped working out for days at a time.
The problem is I didn’t pace myself. I didn’t ease back into the way I trained prior to marathon training. It was like trying to PR a deadlift without warming up. It just wouldn’t end well.
I had to do something about it. Finally, after wasting an entire summer and not training, I stepped back and took inventory. I figured out what I had to do. Get back to the basics. So, I did.
I started with easy movements like air squats, push-ups and pull ups. Stuck with those until I felt comfortable with them then I moved on to the next movement and the next, and the next, and the next. Now I’m back to movements like cleans and snatches although the weight is still really light. But, I’m progressing, I’m sticking to my training and I feel better than have in a long time.
The bottom line is, don’t be afraid to get back to the basics when you need to. Whether you’re exercising, writing or anything else you have going on. It might just be the exact thing you need to get you out of your slump.