I was touching base with one of my clients a week or so ago and she had some awesome results---she had lost 13 lbs, she felt amazing, and had been consistent with her workouts for the past 60 days! She had hit her goal!
But here's the dilemma... Now what?
You've hit your goal... Isn't the sun supposed to shine down through the heavens and angels start singing? Isn't life supposed to be more grand, colors are brighter and more vivid?
One of the things that my client said to me that caught my attention was, "I hit my goal but right now I don't really know what to do. I live for the chase!"
Isn't that funny? You have this clear picture, this vision of what your life will be like after you hit your goals, and then you hit your goals and... the sun isn't any brighter. Colors still look the same. The newspaper boy still throws the paper in the bushes...
It's actually very common, even for very high level athletes like Olympians, that once they hit their goal such as wining a goal medal, that they become depressed after they've acheived thier goal. They lived strictly for the chase!
So that leads me to the subject of today's post---once you've finished a program, how do you stay motivated?
As a Beachbody Coach, my wife and I have struggled with this lately. And I've started to notice this even in my own coaches who we are in charge of mentoring---once they’ve done two or three programs back to back they start to get a little stale.
You almost to start to feel "Is this all there is?"
As a Beachbody Coach you almost feel guilty for trying to do anything other than Beachbody Fitness programs. And yes, the workouts become a daily habit that you look forward to (and yes, if you are just starting out, there comes a time when you are looking forward to your time with Shaun T... lol) But I'm going on close to 5 years now I think and even i have moments where if I try to do Ab Ripper X one more time I think I may kill a kitten ;) Just kidding.... I love kittens! Well… maybe like kittens..
But seriously, every workout can get old so you may need to take your workouts and give them a purpose!
You may or may not know this but back in college I used to train horses such as starting them under saddle, overcoming problems, etc. And one of the things I really learned from one of the top trainers name Pat Parelli was teach Principles and then give those Principles a Purpose (there may have been another P word but it's been awhile since I've dived into the Parelli Principles so if you are reading this then by all means, feel free to refresh my memory).
So the workouts you are learning are kind of like concepts or principles, especially in some of the athletic training like in Asylum and the P90X2 and X3 Series. But after you learn those concepts you need to apply those.concepts and that new athleticism to the real world.
Whether that's training for something like a 5k, a color run, a Mud Run, an Obstacle Course Race like a Spartan or Tough Mudder, you need to get out there and apply that new found fitness to the real world.
You have this new fitness "superpower" so get out there and use it! Use that new endurance you've been developing! Can you now do 10 pull ups? Go out there and see if you can apply that to trying to take that grip and upper body strength and see if you can make it across the monkey bars at the local obstacle course race.
There are so many things that you are now capable of that you weren't able to do 30, 60, or even 90 days ago. Can you now keep up with your kids when playing outside? Can you finally make it up the stairs without gasping for air at the top of the stairs?
So figure out something within the next month or two that you want to do with your new fitness and leave me a comment below with what your new Goal and WHEN you are doing it!
I'm so looking forward to hearing what your new goals are!