6 and half months, 200 days, 4,800 hours…to some this feels like a vast amount of ‘nothingness’ in time. But others, chasing the attainment of goals or life change, 200 days can fly by, life a flash of light. Through the expression of personal health and fitness goals, the last 200 Days have been meticulously tracked. Of course throughout these 200 days, as I once, heavily laboured to one of the lovely clients I work with “there is more to life then training and nutrition” and although the focus was to post a daily picture to track progress – it epitomised so much more of what was going on – the training and nutrition was simply an expression of surface level progress – it ran much deeper then that.
“A new President’s hundred days will either doom him to failure or guarantee his success. It’s that transitions are times when momentum builds or it doesn’t…”
So what did I learn in my first 200 days, a little longer then the old President gets, but certainly a huge milestone and occasion to reflect upon. Did I achieve momentum, or, simply, same shit, different day….
- We’re going straight in for the deep and meaningfuls – 200 days feels like both no time and all time, at the same time :D… say whaaat?!
I’ll move on to this shortly in more detail, but when I think back to what was happening on Day 1 vs Day 200 I am literally a WORLD apart but yet just a few months from where I was. My mind feels like it sits in a new dimension, the body feels like it missed the early flight, it’s certainly on the journey, but just not on the same flight as the mind – which can cause frustration, a lot of frustration, when those 2 things regularly don’t meet.
2. I loves me a good quote, so here’s a gooden for ya to labour my next point;
“Life is a journey – not a destination”
I read these quotes, and they’re great for a little boost and pick me up, but they read very VERY differently when you actually feel the words. For the first time in my training experience (keep in mind this refers to things both inside and outside the gym), I truly felt the meaning of these words.
200 days ago, I knew no other way to operate but aggressively focus on a goal, or multiple goals, and work towards them with little regard for the how’s and whys. I had goals, I had the 20 steps I needed to take in order to achieve the goal, but yet the actual things (goals and steps) were elusive to me – and worst of all, as I finally reflect and understand now, I lived a life as a means to an end rather then to live for the now, the journey – the now being the only time we truly have.
A lot of the lead up to frustrations and major blow outs, and what I can only describe as traumas have come from an attitude that drives towards an end goal causing the very now to be completely redundant. As that moment has become redundant it has also become useless in the journey towards goal attainment, a vicious circle of frustration and nothingness. When the hardship sails in, I always think, things can’t possibly get worse, but I find myself picking up the pieces to follow the same process of aggressive goal setting, flowing into frustration and then major blow out. Once again, at the beginning of this year I found myself in the latest biggest and hardest personal challenge – I wrote about it previously, it was certainly testing and painful and well pushed me just that little bit too far. When you give something your all, and then some, you’re left so very empty when it doesn’t go as planned.
There was a difference this time though off the back of these challenges – I honestly don’t know what the switch was, but after a rather big withdrawal from another failed pursuit of goals, the mindset and approached changed completely.
I haven’t really had a goal for a year now – seriously not one goal.
My training was no longer focused on trying do to things I couldn’t based on my past achievements, my business was no longer chasing a goal I honestly didn’t want and, I became more comfortable and confident with my mind and personal philosophy.
I very much focussed on the journey, which I can only call surviving initially, there was no destination – it was simply to wake up, do something of value, and end the day right.
3. The mind muscle requires as much training as your biceps and glutes – in fact, I go as far as to say it requires much much more.
Around summer time (Day 100 or so), I become very comfortable with challenging traditional world order – trying to go deeper into the mind/body connection, and explore a different way of thinking. I had an epic run, but when you slip out of routine and rehearsal, like training, you lose that strong connection and continuous progress. I’m working to pick this one back up again, but know this, if you can contract and relax your brain as well as you do your glutes, you’ll be winning in life.
4. I mentioned it earlier, 200 days being both a long time and no time, when I reflect on the actual events achieved in just 200 days, it’s pretty damn impressive:
- Completed a Sprint Triathlon
- Road cycled solo
- Swam in Open water
- Went to regular Yoga class after a lifetime of wanting to
- Joined a gym for the first time in 8 years
- Hired a Coach
- Got swimming coaching
- Took part in a team CrossFit local comp
- PB’s every single barbell lift
- Did my first pull up in 4 years
- Straightened my arm a couple of times
- Moved home
- Signed up an Individual CrossFit competition
- Processed mental health challenges
- Reached full business capacity
- Had an injury, went A&E, dealt with it
- Flipped a 350kg tyre
- Completed a Half Marathon with a bag of PB’s
- Put on 6 awesome events
- Learnt how to say yes AND no to things
- Oh, and signed up to a Half Ironman 😀
THAT’S A LOT! I suspect, if I’d written this as a to do list 6 months ago, I’d have laughed, like many others, and said there’s no way you can do all that in 6 months. Sure it’s been pretty busy, but my mind no longer focuses on a thing, like travelling simply from A to B, but starting at A, and traveling towards B, C, D….and everywhere else along the way, simply by being very present at point A, doing the absolute most I can at A before moving on to somewhere else.
5. Doing things simply well is simply beautiful. Everyone who works in a one on one environment, and to the largest degree I can possibly express in a group environment, I have a very meticulous eye for detail. I’ve done very well to pass that on to others, and I associate a lot of their success to the level of care and detail they have in their movements and training. That detail now resides with me very deeply. Taking many many steps back and working on basics and foundations is the only thing that’s helped me progress and achieve huge PB’s on highly technical elements of training, without actually having to work on technical pieces themselves. I’ll say it again, master the basics and the complexities take care of themselves.
6. And finally, I found myself. The unapologetic, unedited, confident self.
200 days to someone focused purely on what they would like to attain on Day 200 will be meaningless. 200 days to someone treating every single day as it own beautiful blank canvas for creativity and opportunity, making the very most of that day, that moment, and love process, will enjoy the fruits of their labour long before the 200 mark 🙂
Lets see what happens in the next 200…