I just want to comment on the fact that it’s not always easy to stick to a diet. If it was easy, everyone would do it. It takes a strong mind, commitment, prioritizing and desire. We must look beyond that moment of instant taste gratification or convenience and keep focus on the bigger picture, our goal.
Although I knew this before, I was reminded of that the night Nick and I were at the Kings of Leon concert (great show by the way!!) To put it mildly, I was very hungry at the concert and failed to bring any snacks. The only choices available were beer, pit beef sandwiches and a few others which were not on my diet friendly list–hmm, imagine that.
For a moment, and just a moment, I felt slightly annoyed about my diet restrictions. I quickly got my mind right, reminded myself of the bigger picture and figured I had two choices: 1. To give in to my hunger and annoyance with the less than acceptable food choices for training and getting lean, or 2. To choose to suck it up, hold out for my protein shake and stay the course.
The decision was simple and obvious but it’s not always easy on the follow through. It’s a mental game. As I got into the show, my hunger was soon forgotten. What lasted however, was the feeling of having faced a moment and choosing not to cave. It sounds so minor, but it’s a pretty empowering feeling when we get through those moments, big or small.
We meet these choices frequently throughout our everyday, no matter what our training goal and drive. We also meet these moments to persevere on the gym floor when we’re pushing through the last set and we feel like we have nothing left. It’s a matter of choosing to conquer each obstacle one at a time whether it’s a diet choice or a training effort.
Our mind will give in before our body does. Check back tomorrow for more on mental toughness…this is what separates the successful and eliete from the rest!