Assuming that you’ve been on an airplane before, you know there is a lot of coordination involved to make the flight happen safely and on-schedule.
The same can be said with how you approach getting the body that you want.
Here’s how that works:
You need a destination
Airplanes don’t just get a bunch of people to buy tickets and say “Hey, want to go for a ride!?” There is a destination lined up that the passengers want to get to, and they trust the airline to get them there.
Taking control of your body and achieving the best self possible also requires you to come up with a “destination” of sorts. I’m not referring to a high-level “I want to lose 20 pounds”. Destinations that are more like this:
All of those destinations are great examples of big targets that require a lot of smaller things to happen along the way. Just like how an airplane trip needs a crew, a plane, passengers, food & drinks, mechanics, airports, and so forth to complete the trip.
Create a flight plan
Similarly, the pilots don’t just takeoff and then point the front of the airplane towards the place they’re flying towards - they have a detailed plan first. So does the rest of the flight crew. And you may have noticed, if you fly regularly, many of the routines you see are the same flight-to-flight.
Having a plan and a routine for your body works the same - it gives you a path to follow and make adjustments from. Repeating what works will allow you to continue towards that initial destination, and then move on to the next one.
Think of the GetFitFormula as your “flight plan” for the body that you want. Rather than summarize it here check out this handy manual I created just for you.
Trust the instruments
Pilots have a plethora of gauges, needles, displays, and other instruments in front of them. The pilots rely on them to figure out what is going on with the plane at a given time.
I’m not saying you need to surround yourself with a wall of instrument panels, but picking some key stats to monitor for your body beyond the “mirror test” will let you know if you are on the right path.
Start with a few and then continue to add more along the way. What's key is that you measure consistently and educate yourself on what the numbers mean. If you get a reading that troubles you then you will want to course correct!
Unpredictable weather is just one of the many things that causes a plane to change its flight path. How the pilot gets the plane to its destination may not be as originally planned, but thanks to the adjustments made during the trip the passengers still get to where they need to be.
You’re going to face the same reality as you continue to work on yourself. Sometimes you will get to the state you desire just as planned, and then you will move on to the next destination. Other times you will check your “instruments” and see things are not going as planned (i.e. have not shed as much body fat as you wanted to, or hit the 5k time you planned to) and that’s totally normal.
There will always be a need to adjust your workout routine, nutrition plan, sleep schedule, etc. Getting a handle on the previous points above will point you in the right direction.
Don’t go it alone
Just like there are different people involved in making a plane trip happen, the same can be said for your own body’s journey. You are your own pilot, first and foremost. But having a solid flight crew, such as a co-pilot, flight attendant, grounds crew, etc. will make the ride that much smoother.
Getting a coach, reading books & articles, listening to podcasts or watching videos, having an accountability buddy, even a support system through your friends and family are all key to taking control of your body and getting to where you want to go.
To reiterate a previous point, having a plan to begin with is also a way to not go it alone. Even if you are the only physical person involved with the plan, it can serve as a trusted “advisor” for your journey.
Autopilot is your friend
Cross-country or international air travel can take a long time. Luckily for the pilots, they have an automated system in place that can do most of the work for them! The pilots are ultimately still in control, and can jump in to make adjustments as needed, but i bet it sure feels good to them to have a way to hand off most of the decisions on what the plane should do.
This is where systems and structure, in addition to a plan, works the same for you. Things like:
It may seem like a lot of work, but you will quickly realize that having these systems and structure in place actually reduce the need to make decisions in the future - because your health and fitness routines are running on autopilot!
The learning never stops
Before the pilots ever step into the cockpit for a real flight, they go through some rigorous learning and training programs. You don’t need put in that same level of effort for your own journey, but the more you do the more confident you will feel. Like with flying, safety is important as you want to avoid injuries, allergies, malnutrition, and so forth by knowing what you are doing (or about to) with your body.
That’s exactly what the GetFitFormula resources page is for - a starting point for your ongoing self-education in everything health and wellness. It’s structured to go along with the layout of the GetFitFormula itself.
Why gliding through this won’t work (as effectively)
Yes, there are such things as gliders (light airplanes that are designed to fly for periods without an engine). Basically, it’s the glider’s momentum and aerodynamics vs gravity - we know which force will win out in the long run.
Gliding through life in terms of taking care of yourself can work if you’re fine maintaining the “status quo” for yourself or dealing with minor changes (for better or for worse).
In a glider you can change directions but you don’t have the ability to throttle faster and slower, go up to a higher altitude, fly really long distances, or pull off some crazy stunts. But to really have full control over your situation in the air you need a high-powered aircraft with the proper controls and instruments.
That’s exactly what taking full control of your body means - you can go anywhere you want, at your own speed, and not worry about other forces trying to pull you down.
So, to recap how you can take full control of your body, think of what it takes to fly an airplane:
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