What Reset Button? The one located between your ears.
What I am talking about is your long term fitness goal. Take a moment to contemplate what you said your goal is, and where you are.
Surprise, I am not talking to the person who wanted to lose fifteen pounds of fat and never got off the couch. I am talking to the person who wanted to lose fifteen pounds of fat and is now obsessed with running up and down the street carrying the couch.
Yes, I just described a few CrossFitters I know.
Let’s be clear, this post is not a criticism of CrossFit or of your passion for fitness. It is simply suggesting stepping back for a moment to ensure that the direction you are heading is really where you want to go.
OK, time to shift the conversation to the first person. I walked into CrossFit about 18 months ago. My goal was improving my health. I wanted stamina. I wanted strength. I wanted to change my body composition from fat to muscle. Actually, most of that is a lie. My goal was simply to improve my health. Stamina, Strength, Fat Loss, Muscle Gain, Smaller Waist, … these are all by products or manifestations of me being a healthier person.
It’s kind of amazing when I think about it. Eighteen months ago, my present health and wellness was far beyond my comprehension.
But something else happened. I began chasing things that were not part of my original goal. Things like competitions and mud runs. These new challenges forced me far beyond my comfort zone and made me stretch to accomplish them. These things are not good or bad: they are neutral. What determines whether they are good or bad is whether or not they drive me towards my long range goal or divert me away from it. Or, is it time to adjust my goals in light of my new reality.
My original goals were the goals of an unhealthy man. Now that I am healthy, my outlook on food and fitness has evolved. Clearly it is time for me to hit my Reset Button. I need to clearly define my health and wellness objectives in light of the new me. If you have made significant progress from the time you first set foot in the gym, perhaps it is time for your Reset too.