By Christina Major | 9 February 2020
Maybe your goal was to lose weight this year, and you started off really well. You ate salads, had fruit for snacks, and cleaned up your diet. Even started to feel good, with more energy, your pants fit better, and your training improved.
But… it's so hard to keep it up... It starts with just one snack or a meal out, then turns into another, and another… Then you start to wonder why you started this diet in the first place.
Exploring Why You Don’t Want To – Digging for the Real Reason
Humans, by nature, are lazy. They tend to take the easiest route – it’s what makes us great and innovative.
But… if that's true, how did some people end up losing 200 lb? How do some people win championships? How can some people put in the real hard work that nearly everyone else won’t? It all goes back to taking the easiest route. What is the course you want to take? For some people, the only route they can take is the one that leads to their goal. But, they still take the easiest way to get there.
Most People Want to Lose Weight - but Don’t.
For some people, they have overcome the wanting to lose weight, until it’s the only viable route they can take – it’s the only outcome. The donut, the meal out, the cheating… it doesn't even exist on their road, it’s not even an exit.
For this specific group of people, the question isn’t if they will lose weight, but what path are they taking to achieve it. Some might choose low-carb diets, while others excessive exercise. But, they will still choose the path of least resistance – at least from their point of view.
The same thing is true for the prizefighter. For them, the only path in life is to get into the ring and be the one to emerge victoriously. They still choose the easiest way, whether it’s MMA, taekwondo, boxing, or street fighting. It’s why some will dehydrate themselves into kidney failure or continue to fight through a head injury. For them, winning is the goal and fighting while hurt is still the easier path than losing.
The UFC has seen a handful of fighters miss events due to weight-cutting mishaps, including former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. He was hospitalized with an intestinal blockage and kidney stone the day before UFC 192, forcing the UFC to scrap its co-headliner fight; Hendricks versus Tyron Woodley.
Choosing Your Path
So now, it's 2020, and you have your New Year's resolutions to work on. Is it losing weight? Is it training more? Is it personal growth? It's time to evaluate whether your goal is achievable.
Look at your goal, ask yourself these questions and write down your answers:
Now, let's break down those questions.
What is My Exact Goal?
Most people set wishes, not goals. Goals are specific and measurable. If you're looking to lose weight, how much and we’re from your body? Is a 10 lb or 6 in?
Did I Set Myself Up for Failure?
This is something most people unconsciously do. When we say we want to lose weight, we are automatically setting ourselves up for failure. That’s because people don’t like to lose, they like to win. Imagine getting into the fighting ring and thinking about losing weight? Could you win if you are thinking about losing?
So, when your mind hears lose weight, it's going to fight it because it doesn't want to lose. It’s better to set yourself up to fit into a particular size dress pant, shirt, or hit a specific number on the scale. Just be sure you always talk and favorable terms.
Why Do I Want to Achieve this Goal?
Is it because you were supposed to? Or is there a health reason, image reason? Did someone tell you to reach a certain weight? Without a compelling reason to achieve your goal, you're not going to do it.
About 15 years ago, I weighed over 200 pounds. I looked up at the mirror at one point and saw a person I didn't like. I made a goal to cut my dress size in half. For me, I needed to get healthy or die. I have kept over 60 lb of weight off because putting it back on represents pain - migraines, stiff joints, and an inability to do the things I love.
What Will I Get When I Achieve this Goal?
For me, when I lost weight, I gained freedom. What will you do, what will you gain, when you finally reach your goals? What will you do next?
Do You Want this to Stay With You Forever?
Is this goal something you could see in the long-term? Will this good ten years from now or 30 years from now? Weight loss generally is beneficial in the long term. But, is your goal of being a champion MMA fighter, and the injuries that come with it, something you want to endure for the rest of your life?
Achieving any goal, especially something like weight loss, requires you dig deep and find the reason. Once you find the motive, you can find what distracts you and deters your success. Then, those can be overcome.
Or, you might find out your goal isn't something you genuinely want.