Seek Accountability. Make Adjustments.
Updated: Feb 25
Before me, a 1.2 mile swim in Galveston Bay.
The open water race course was marked off by 3 massive orange buoys so far away, they seemed like Cheetos swaying in the wind.
Unlike swimming in a pool, there's no line to follow in the open water.
This left me with 2 choices:
Sacrifice speed for direction.
Sacrifice direction for speed.
If I wanted to go fast, I'd keep my head down for longer periods, but I might end up far off course.
If I wanted to "sight the buoy" frequently, I'd stay the course, but I waste a lot of energy and speed.
A Process Creates a Rhythm:
Sight the buoy
Swim 10 strokes.
As I gained proficiency in the open-water, I increased the number of strokes between sighting the buoy and swimming with my head down. Over time, I found a healthy balance that allowed me to stay the course and maximize my efficiency.
What buoys should you sight?
Most workouts today sacrifice direction for speed, designed around the motto "If some is good, then more is better."
With speed, you give it your all today, tomorrow, and the next, more concerned with someone else's buoys in a different race rather than swimming your own.
To keep you in your lane heading towards your buoys, follow this not-so-popular wisdom:
Track what you eat closer than the miles you run if your goal is fat loss.
Get 7+ hours of sleep before the 3rd cup of coffee if your focus is to feel energized all day.
Lift weights 3 days before adding in more cardio if you want to look better on the beach, for a wedding, or in the mirror.
Ask for accountability before ditching a program claiming it doesn't work 😳 if you want to make a healthy lifestyle sustainable, stop the yo-yo dieting, and enjoy working out.
In the beginning, there needs to be a lot of weekly accountability, checking in, and course adjustments.
As these strokes become part of your daily routine, you can keep your head down longer, shifting to 1-2 check-ins a month.
It's your direction, not your intention, that determines the quality and sustainability of your health.
What's the next buoy you're aiming for?