Sid de Haan’s 90-Day Challenge: The End is Near!

My 90-Day Journey (I tend to think of it as more of a journey than a challenge) is drawing near to an end.  As I look back on where I started and where I have traveled to, a couple of things stand out for me:

I can do more than I originally thought I was capable of.

The human body is a remarkable “machine” that gets better with use, and I have come to see how strong and resilient my physical body is and can be. I have also learned that often it was not my body that would attempt to hold me back, but a series of old, well-established and nefarious mental barriers that tried to undermine me.  Things like: “You’re too old for this”, or “Gee, wouldn’t it be nice to just stay in bed this morning”!  The key for me has been to ignore this negative self-talk and avoid making excuses by keeping focused on my goal and by knocking down barriers before I can use them as excuses.  For example, by making sure my gym bag is packed, lunch is made and truck is full of gas before I go to bed eliminates a lot of the early morning excuses my mind tries to use against me at 5:00 am

Community matters.

I belong to a number of communities that hold me accountable and who celebrate in my successes. These include my family, friends, co-workers, the “virtual community” that follows my progress on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, etc., and my new Blitz community made up of “my fellow travellers” and the supportive staff at Blitz itself.  The importance of this cannot be overstated – knowing that there are people cheering for me, encouraging me, and who want to see me succeed, has helped me remain positive and has given me a strong incentive to continue.

October 2012

My initial goals have changed.

When I started the 90-Day Challenge, I was already pretty happy with my nutrition so I knew that I didn’t need to do much there to make sure I was eating “clean”.  My wife Vicki is an amazing cook and we had been carefully monitoring our caloric intake and nutrition for months already. But I still felt too “heavy” and set a goal to another lose 10+ pounds and to “get fitter” than I was before.  Pretty vague goals, but my indicators (the bathroom scale and how I felt from day to day) seemed pretty tangible.  As I continued on my journey, however, I found that I started to care less about what the scale told me, and more about what the mirror (and my wardrobe) were telling me, namely that all of this was working and consequently my body was changing.  So now I am much less concerned with short-term weight reduction and see my goals as being more long term and holistic.  Wellness for me is now about maintaining healthy patterns of behavior in the long-term, and for me this includes regular exercise, keeping stress in check, taking time to nurture key relationships, having mental and spiritual harmony in my life, and not falling into the “work is my life” trap.

I am convinced that the past three months at Blitz have been an important catalyst for me in this regard, and now I see my 90-Days not as a means to an end, but the beginning of a wonderful journey of self-discovery and a springboard to lifetime fitness and wellness.

So will you see me around Blitz or at a Sunrise HIIT class after my 90 days are over? Absolutely!  My journey has just begun.

November 2012 (Day 85)

Paul O'Brien About Paul O'Brien

Former Canadian soldier now personal/group trainer at Blitz Conditioning. I believe no goal is out of reach all you have to do is TRY! Follow me on Twitter

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