A watched pot never boils…

a watched pot never boils
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So, what in the heck does this have to do with your fitness journey?

Think of yourself as a pot of water. It’ll help you to overcome three major blocks as you go about your fitness journey. Keep reading for what these blocks are and how to overcome them.

 

A Watched Pot Never Boils

You know the cliched saying and have experienced the phenomenon of watching a pot of water boil.

It takes forever.

And the second you turn your back and decide to do something else, the water boils.

The same can be said for the deadlines you’ve set for yourself -especially that number you’ve set for yourself on the scale. You are constantly weighing yourself and panicking as the deadline gets closer and closer.

You’re doing all the things you’re supposed to do but you just aren’t getting there fast enough. You get so focused on the end goal you start to neglect the process. And the end goal just seems to take forever to get there. Just like a pot of water you are constantly watching just wanting to boil.

You get so impatient you forget that things take time and things will happen in their own time.

But every second the heat is still applied to the pot of water is one second the pot is closer to boiling.

So instead of focusing on the end goal, focus on the process to get there.

When you stop fixating on the scale and start focusing on non-scale victories, that momentum is going to push you further. And when you stop focusing on that deadline and start focusing on the process to get there, you’ll see results.

 

Crank Up The Heat

A pot of water is going to boil faster if more heat is directly applied to the pot itself.

When you are more consistent with your process, you’re more likely to see results.

This is where your mindset plays a role in seeing results, along with building habits instead of relying on motivation. If you’re constantly restricting yourself, forcing yourself to do workouts you hate or trying to live a lifestyle that doesn’t work for you, it’s going to be harder to stay consistent.

If you are waiting to be motivated to get things done, that’s like when you realize the pot of water is mostly off the burner so not much heat has touched the pan at all. You’re not going to get far in terms of progress. When you work on building habits, you stop relying on motivation to get things done.

Things start to become automatic. But changing your mindset is where the heat can really get cranked. When you change your mindset, things can start to get easy and fun. Mindset is what can make the most difference. Learning to move past thinking you need to be either perfect or it’s not worth it at all, restricting foods you enjoy, and the limiting beliefs holding you back are game-changers in your journey.

 

Different Pots Take Different Times To Boil

You tell someone that different pots are going to take different times to boil and that’s a no-brainer.

Pots are made of different materials, have different surface amounts and are made of different shapes.

So why is it so easy to compare ourselves to everyone else we see on social media? We’re all different pots of water!

One of the easiest ways to derail your progress is to compare your progress to everyone else you see. “Well Sally on Instagram has lost 10 lbs this month, so why can’t I?” Because you aren’t Sally, you’re you. You don’t know Sally’s story. You don’t know what she isn’t sharing.

And even if you did know and you followed what she was doing exactly, you still wouldn’t have the same results because you are you! Recognize that your journey is your own. It’s no one elses. But in all of this, the only way for you to not see progress is by turning off the heat and quitting.

 

This is a guest post from community member Tara Roland:

“My fitness journey was one that started as a way to lose weight for some deadline. Quick fixes, 1200 calorie diets, and working out as hard as I could be my means to reach those deadlines. Spoiler alert: never came close to reaching any of them with these methods.  

Eventually, fitness took over my life and I felt like I couldn’t do anything anymore. Every trip, every event, and my everyday life decisions revolved around what foods I could eat and if I could get my two workouts in a day. Fitness was a major source of anxiety for me. 

It wasn’t until I reached a breaking point and started changing my mindset that I realized how fun fitness and food could be. With changing my mindset I was able to every part of my life and be fully present in it. I was able to break free from the perfectionist mindset that was holding me back. 

Now I help other women do the same, in changing their mindset and finding fitness that works with their lives so they can be fully present and start to have fun again.”

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