Everything is a process; there are gradual steps.
First, we roll over, then we crawl, then we walk, and then we run.
First, we stick our feet in a pool, then stand in the water, then stick our face in, and then swim.
First, we start preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and then high school.
I wonder why we don't expect that; changing our bodies, optimizing our diets, becoming stronger, and learning proper nutrition and exercise is also a process involving steps. Seriously...think about it...
Most people I encounter expect themselves to be at an expert level, and if they aren't and feel insecure or inferior, they may use that as an excuse not to start at all.
We recognize a problem, usually its dissatisfaction with our body. Then we reach for a program that is usually extreme and equivalent to attempting to run before we ever learn to crawl. How much sense does that make? Shouldn't we first study our habits and learn what is not working for us and start optimizing our diets with slow changes????I know nothing is appealing about accepting that this is a slow process, but I have never seen or read any research to support any other method. We didn't fall overnight so we won't be back up and running overnight, not in a healthy way anyway.
I propose that there are phases to this process...both fitness and nutrition.
Phase 1- be a watcher. Learn what makes you tick. What are your triggers? Where are your obstacles? Study the cracks in your foundation.
Phase 2- add-in. Enhance your current state. Add in what's missing
Fill the cracks in the foundation.
Phase 3- structure. Apply guidelines with new skills in mind
Frame the walls.
Phase 4- build. We know a lot now, and we are ready to go. Put all the methods together, plus a few more. We are ready for maintenance. (Most people can stay at phase 4)
Sheetrock, roof, and move-in.
Phase 5- Optimize and enhance. Please take what you have learned and make it platinum status by incorporating more elite techniques and methods.
Porcelain light switch covers, upgraded faucets, crown molding, landscaping.
I know nothing about home building, but I took my best shot. You get the gist.
Lasting body composition changes are a marathon, not a sprint.
By the way, I am not quitting training to build houses. I applaud the queens that can do that, but I am not her. I like my acrylic nails way too much.