It’s amazing how finite dates and finish lines can motivate and move us. It may be the stress, the fear or the joy of that finish line; but knowing it’s there is enough to keep us moving.
“One last semester of hard work and I’ll have a degree!”
“One more mile. Just one more hard fought mile in this race and I’m done! I can be proud of my accomplishment.”
“Vacation will be here in two weeks! Just two more weeks and I’ll be on the beach.”
Ours was our wedding. “We have 10 months to whip ourselves in shape so we can look good in those wedding pictures!” October 24th, 2015 was our finish line. We dieted, we trained and we kept ourselves in check so that we could look and feel great on the day we got married. And we did it! We both lost a decent amount of weight and our pictures turned out great.
Then we went from a bride and groom with a fitness finish line to a husband and wife without a finish line (or care) in sight.
“We’ll get back to dieting on Monday.”
“We’ll hit the gym harder tomorrow.”
“We’ll stop eating fast food next week.”
We finally did pull ourselves up by our boot straps and start investing ourselves into our health. That’s why we’re here now, shooting the breeze with you people on this IIFYM blog of ours. We started counting macros and calories and being more cognizant of the things we ate and drank. We were feeling really motivated as we began to see progress.
Then we hit a bump in the road in the form of “Teacher Appreciation Week”. We both work in schools so we reaped the benefits of some catered goodies and delicious food that were available to us. They (school board, parents, etc.) were showing their appreciation for our hard work, and we, in return, cashed in on that diet destroying appreciation in the form of food. There were cakes, pies, lasagnas, potato salad, hamburgers, chicken french….the list could truly go on for a very long time.
Our voices of reason that were once overwhelming had been quieted by a week of indulgence. This occurred last week and what we’ve come to realize is that is much harder to get back on track then it has been in the past.
The reason? We have no finish line. It’s a gift and a curse, really. We love the fact that we are trying to commit to health and fitness as a lifestyle. This means that it’s not something that has a finish line.
There will be no before and after pictures because we will never be done. Maybe before and during, because there is no end date, and that’s really cool. The only downfall to it is that we don’t have the stress or fear of a window of time ending to keep the fire going.
Rather than looking ahead to some end or results we hope for, we will get that fire burning again by looking directly in front of us. The small steps and progress we can make today and each day moving forward will be our cause and desire to keep moving. It has been a transition considering our previous goal of our wedding day, but a transition that we are willing to navigate.
“The journey is the destination”
Much easier said than done, but we are beginning to realize how rewarding that journey can be.
What do you do to keep that fire burning? We’d love to hear in the comments 🙂