There are rare moments in life when you temporarily master something and are in complete and utter control. In sports, this is sometimes called, “being in the zone.” I experienced that once in my baseball career. I was a pitcher who didn’t throw very hard, and so I had to rely on putting the ball exactly where I wanted. Even the best pitchers in the Major Leagues miss their location occasionally, but on this particular night, I couldn’t miss. Every pitch the catcher called—fastball, curveball, changeup—hit his glove without it moving even an inch. I gave up one bloop hit and no walks in seven innings. It was my absolute peak as a pitcher.
1 Timothy 5:18 – “For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”
I tell that story because it wasn’t always this way. When I was 10 years old, I hit my absolute bottom as a pitcher. I couldn’t throw a strike and walked something like 11 hitters and hit another couple with a pitch. There wasn’t anybody to replace me so I had to keep on pitching, regardless of how bad I was. So what changed between 10 years old and 15 years old where at one point, I couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn and the other I could have hit a quarter? The answer, is reps.
My father bought me a tarp with a strike zone on it, and I spent hours with that tarp, up and in, low and away, down and in, up and away. I harnessed my ability to control the pitches when nobody was looking, and was finally able to take that out onto the field. The situation I described above was out of the norm—I was “in the zone”—but it wouldn’t have been close to possible without all the work I put in prior. We all want to succeed when the lights come on. But how many of us are willing to put in the reps?
And so it is with losing weight. If I’m completely honest, I may have been willing to throw at that tarp over and over, but I wasn’t willing to start my morning out with a run to get stronger. We all want to be skinny, to be perceived as sexy and desirable. None of us want to worry about whether our eating is going to lead to an early death. And then we return to our normal lives, not willing to put in the work necessary to get what we want. We’re not willing to put in the reps.
The good news is that a weightlifter didn’t start out benchpressing 300 pounds. They got to that weight by slowly building, doing reps at lower weights and then increasing over time. Also, do you know what I always notice when I see that guy benchpressing 300 pounds? He always has someone there with him, to push him and to help him. It’s foolish to start doing reps alone. You might need someone to wake up with you, to ask you how you’re doing, or to help you when you’re dragging. What do I need? I need someone to give me a defined plan to execute. I’m excellent at accepting where I am and committing to a goal. I struggle with developing a plan and having people hold me accountable. Thus, I’m going to ask for help. I’m going to enlist the help of a personal trainer.
For a long time, I would have seen this as a sign of weakness. After all, I know what I need to do, I’m just not doing it, right? The reality is that I didn’t avoid asking for help because I knew what to do. I didn’t ask for help because I was scared to admit I did’t know everything. I didn’t ask for help because I was embarrassed to ask for help. I didn’t ask for help because I was scared that the trainer would ask me to do things that I say I’m ready to do but know deep down that I’m not really ready for. When it comes to losing weight, I need to rep asking for help.
So what do you need to rep? Do you need to ask for help? Do you need to accept that things need to change? Do you need to commit to making changes in your life? Do you need to develop a plan to move things forward? Do you need someone to hold you accountable to your long-term goals? My challenge to you is to write down below in the comments what you need to rep. Don’t be too scared, too embarrassed, or too proud to admit that you need to work on things. We all need to work on things. Not admitting it is holding us back. So I need to ask for help. What do you need to do?
- Starting Weight = 261.0 lbs
- Current Weight = 257.6 lbs
- Weight loss so far = -3.4 lbs
- Weight loss since last week = +2.2 lbs
- Good Days = 3 Yes, 2 Maybe, 1 No
- Goal: Write down what I eat