‘Process saves us from the poverty of our decisions’
A brilliant quote from Elizabeth King. But not a complete picture.
I do preach process. I do encourage daily rituals, morning routines and calendars. But only if you want it.
In fitness the process is very simple. Losing weight, eat less than you are putting out. In real life there is far more to it. There is the actual cooking of the food, the getting to gym, the selection of workout attire, choosing the elliptical or the treadmill and on and on and on. Not to mention the kids you need to get ready for school, the after work drinks to negotiate and the brother in laws birthday on the weekend where you will be expected to consume the cake.
How did, more out than in become so damn complicated.
Cue process. Cue positive constraints that make your life easy. Cue alignment.
The most common place people fail in their health and fitness goals is in aligning carefully their dream product (losing 5 kilos) with the process that will make it happen. Add in a third complicator, time – and you have a recipe for disaster.
Want to lose 5 kilos this month but only ‘have time’ for 3 workouts per week. Well, hell – it can be done but you are not going to like the look of your diet. With that sort of limitation on output, the pendulum must swing equally with limiting your intake. Sit at a desk all day and burn literally no calories between 9-5 (not including the 45minute commute either side which is the same if you drive) and we are in for a real shock at the end of the month.
Process only works if:
- You enjoy it
- You can actually see the process GIVING you the product.
If you are a few days into your keto protocol and love the weight falling off but hate the mood swings and fatigue that goes with this sort of extreme dieting – make a choice. Is this discomfort enough to dissuade me from my chosen goal. Is the hunger less appealing than the weight loss IS appealing?
Maybe, maybe not.
Here is how to find alignment in 3 easy steps.
- Set a product goal (lose 5 kilos) and give it a timeline
- Set up (or have someone set up) a process for you to make this product happen.
- Evaluate IF this process is currently achievable with your life, commitments, etc. THEN do one of three things:
- Change the product
- Change the timeline
- Change your life to fit the process.
This is life.