Motivation Monday – Priority Steps

It’s been awhile since I wrote in here. Probably because I felt I didn’t have time to write in it in order to complete the Beast Mode program (1 hour weight training 5 days a week, cardio 6 days a week, yoga 3 days a week)… and I was growing incredibly tired (only taking in 2000-2500 calories a day and working 10+ hours a day).

I was getting burnt out.

I was getting tired.

Scale wasn’t changing.

Body wasn’t changing.

(hate to say it) but mentality was changing. I thought that I had reached the end of my transformation. I was happy with what I had accomplished.. but I wasn’t satisfied. I had already decided in my mind that I had accomplished certain things that I hadn’t physically accomplished yet.

In my mind, I thought I had the energy to aim for 50 goals all at once, but looking at this realistically I was biting off more than I could chew.

As I put on the facebook page, I did not stop.. I simply paused. I am not going to pretend to be something I am not. I am not an expert in any of the things that I have discussed on here and I will not pretend to be.

I am simply a man that is trying to be a better one. In order to do that I have to get back to basics.

Now how am I going to do that?

It took over a week of thinking about it, obsessing over it, and praying about it. I had to look at what all goals I was trying to obtain:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Lose Body Fat
  3. Build Muscle
  4. Run faster (average less than 10 minutes a mile)
  5. Gain flexibility through yoga

Ultimately though, out of those 5 goals, the ones that were the most important to me was losing weight, and losing body fat. Now once I had done those goals? Yes I’d love to pack on more muscle and run faster and be more flexible… but I have to prioritize my time and effort so that I don’t go crazy!

So here is what I’m going to do for the next 30 days, I’m going to get back to basics: lose weight and lose body fat.

In order to do that, I am going to put weight lifting on the back burner, I know that is a decision that some friends will question, but I feel it is the right thing to do. I’ve noticed throughout the last few weeks of DDP Yoga that it does help build strength, which is something that weight lifting was doing as well (two things to accomplish one thing).

So the yoga is going to help with strength, flexibility (which help prevent injury), and fat loss (DDP Yoga is designed to keep you in your fat burning zone). I will also be running. Running is strictly to help build up endurance (so I can go harder longer) and fat loss (sweat equity if you will).

Those two things will be the staple of the next few weeks for me. Once I start to reincorporate weights, I will not be doing heavy lifts with less reps. I will do moderate weight with more reps and sets to help continue the strength building and toning.

Once I have hit my weight loss and body fat goal, then I will change things up.

Now to go in to more detail on this, I am planning on getting in at least 30 minutes of yoga a day (I’m doing this at home, so it should not be hard for me to make myself go downstairs and do it). As for the running, I am going to go for 6 days a week. I will not aim for a specific time to finish in or a specific pace. The running faster goal is not a priority right now. The goal with the running will just be to increase the distance, but distance will not be increased daily it will be done at the earliest every week.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and this new Isaac will not be built in a day either.

Once again, I have not… and will not stop. I simply paused.

Now it’s time to unpause.

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