In the past few years, I’ve really learned the importance of a game plan and how to push myself further with my weight loss and fitness goals so I can be my best. With the excitement around the Super Bowl, I’ve been thinking more about what it takes to get to that point: to be the best. Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play football. He is known for leading a no-huddle offense and calling audibles. He knows the game, his team, and their strategy, but he makes adjustments on the fly. He knows the plays and formations like the back of his hand because of his years of practice, and he changes it up as he sees fit given the situation. What does this have to do with your fitness or weight loss, you wonder? Well, I think we could all learn a thing or two from Peyton when it comes to making our own game plan.
My goals for health and fitness have not always been so organized. When I first began trying to lose weight, I didn’t have a game plan. I didn’t even have a list. Just one goal: lose weight. I failed. And then I failed again and again for years, because I didn’t have a game plan. When I finally got serious about reaching my goals, I made a list. It was short and sweet:
- Walk to the end of the road and back three times a week.
- Eat 1200 calories a day.
Not such a great list, but it was a starting point of a bigger game plan. My road is 2 miles long, so occasionally I’d call an audible when I got to the end of my route and instead of turning back, I’d keep going. Then I made a list about how to transition from walking to running. That list led me to a new list about things I wanted to accomplish in running, like quickening my pace and entering races. I realized that 1200 calories was too low, so I adjusted that: figuring out what doesn’t work is sometimes as helpful as figuring out what does. My lists got longer, and spurned new lists. I was slowly constructing my game plan, and learning how to make the right adjustments along the way.
Now, my health and fitness game plan is always changing. I want to try new things and learn new skills so I can be the best I can be. I have the ability, the motivation, and the attitude to succeed. This year, I’m going to try CrossFit, spinning, and yoga…and if something else enters my field of play, I’ll call an audible and try that too. I’m going to test the waters with swimming and see if I want to add it to my repetoire. I may try going Paleo or doing the Whole 30 challenge. These are all on my lists of to do’s, part of my ever-changing game plan. As I check things off and figure out what adjustments to make, I figure out the right path for me…at least for now. Then I adjust. Figure out what works and expand upon it. Figure out what doesn’t and leave it in the dust.
What’s your game plan? What are you trying to achieve? What steps are you taking to get there? What adjustments are you making as you go? What are you going to do once you accomplish your goals? When it comes to fitness, there’s only way to win at this game: keep playing it. Keep rewriting that game plan, changing it on the fly, and pushing yourself. Your achievements may be different than Peyton’s, but they’ll be yours. Approach your game like he approaches his, and you’ll be the MVP of whatever you’re trying to achieve.