“I’ve tried EVERYTHING!”

Goals are taken very seriously around here. We all have them, some of them are about our own vanity, some of them are about a little bit of vengeance, some of them are to improve our quality of life. Who among us DOESN’T want to have a tight sweet ass encased in some seriously hot jeans with some svelte and powerful thighs at our XX year high school reunion? Get real. Being THAT GIRL/GUY is awesome. Being the one they Facebook and say “Uhhh…I think we went to high school together but…maybe? If it IS you you sure do look different!!” kicks ass.

So yes, goals are taken seriously. When anyone asks us about CrossFit, within the first five minutes, John or I will inquire what the questioner is looking for CrossFit to provide.

More than a few times, we’ve heard “Dude, I’ve done EVERYTHING to try to lose weight, I’ve dieted, I’ve exercised, I’ve this and that and those”. Cool, at least now we know what we can avoid, since it hasn’t worked in the past. It’s frustrating, though, for the person telling the story. It SUCKS to be convinced you’ve done it all, and can’t make headway on the weight/size/lack of power.

Truth be told?

Everything HASN’T been tried. You didn’t do it all trying to lose the weight. Cutting out dairy and grain while upping the amount of protein and leafy green veggies and fats is the fastest (and easiest) way to cut weight. Dumping sugar from your diet at the same time? It’s like kicking yourself in the ass and shoveling weight off, especially when you throw in three WODs a week.
Trying everything means sitting down and taking a long, hard, involved, and honest look at what you’re doing RIGHT NOW – when you’re not meeting and exceeding your goal, and establishing that there’s a problem. Once the acknowledgment is made, it’s time to roll up sleeves and get to the shitty part of getting things done. This is probably going to mean you’ll have to do some things you don’t want to do.

It means you’ll have to learn to drink your coffee black for a little while (I did), it means you hate brussel sprouts, but learning to eat them or spinach or SOMETHING green and leafy with your food. It means you’re going to have to be honest with yourself about what you’re eating and how much of it you’re eating. I’m all for a beer here and there, but alcohol is a nutrition and exercise DERAILER. Don’t have yourself under control? Put down the wine, put down the beer, and grab a bottle of water. Do without for awhile.
Come in here and smoke the shit out of these WODs. We scale your load so you can maintain a balls to the wall level of intensity. Pushing more weight but not being able to maintain the intensity we’re expecting is contradictory to reaching your goals.

This is a reality check – a much needed one.
If you’re coming in and saying “I’ve tried EVERYTHING!!!” and you haven’t achieved your goals then it’s time for a re-evaluation of your goals. If they’re realistic and not beyond the realm of your capability, then it’s time for a gut check about what is, and isn’t, working, and it’s time for some changes. Changes in attitude, approach, nutrition.

1. Measure. Measure your weight, your height, your arms, chest, hips, waist, thighs, calves, biceps, forearms, neck, etc. Keep record of those measurements. Except your height. That shouldn’t be changing.
2. Look at your REAL intake with a food log. What are you REALLY eating and drinking? How much of it? What’s the nutritional content?
3. How much work are you REALLY doing? That’s why I said I want you guys to buy a notebook for your workout logs. Numbers, times, weights, WODs, etc. This is hard data that you can use to track what you’re doing and if/where you’re stalling.
4. Stop indulging yourself. Stop playing it nice on yourself by rationalizing this, that, or the other. Once in awhile is one thing. Everything and every decision you make that doesn’t help you with achieving your goal? That’s another thing entirely.

You haven’t tried everything. That’s all there is to it. It’s up to you to take a step back and make the changes necessary.

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