“When you think you’re done, you’re only 40% done”
I think most people, including myself, are weak when it comes to pushing ourselves when life gets hard. As an example, a number of my posts over the deliberate year were around my struggles with soda addiction. Analyzing my triggers, I saw that driving past the gas station on my way to work provoked a response in my brain that caused me to pull into the station in order to get a Dr. Pepper. I even wrote about this trigger on Day 19, about my need to stay out of the brothel.
So at the start of this current deliberate year, I have made it a high priority to stay out of the brothel. For realsies this time. Speaking of brothels, I was amazed at how many politicians have been caught with prostitutes. Anyways, I’m happy to report it is working, although the tug is still very much there. My dopamine levels go off the charts when I start thinking about soda. It causes my brain to believe that I must absolutely have a soda right now or I will not survive. The Wellness Retreat site has a great read on how sugar and addiction
But often I would find myself thinking I can’t hold off any longer, that I really, truly, desperately needed that sugar. And so I would go buy a Dr. Pepper (or two). It wasn’t until I read an article about David Goggins that I finally believed I could finally set aside my sugar addiction.
A 297 lb SEAL
After 4 years in the Air Force David decided to try out for the Navy SEALS. He had two months before the start of the SEAL training, and he weighed 297 lbs. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a SEAL weighing 297. And Navy SEAL trainers had the same thought: they told Goggins candidly that he would not make it past the initial BUD/S training at that weight, and therefore would not become a SEAL. So Goggins decided to do something about that – he lost almost 100 lbs in two months. For a before and after picture of Goggins, click on this link.
Now, I’ve seen spam advertising that they could help me lose 97 lbs in 2 weeks (seriously, I just got that email). But I don’t want success that quickly. So I am proposing to do what Goggins did. He did 2 things really well. He did things that sucked (gave up sugar, started running, etc.). And he trained his mind to realize that if his body said “Done!”, as in exercising or dealing with a craving, he told his brain that his body really wasn’t “Done”. His body was really only 40% done and he knew he had a lot more to give.
So as I am going through the day following my food plan or as I am exercising-if I hit a wall and cannot do any more reps, or I get a fierce craving, I need to remember that I’m really only 40% done. I can give a whole lot more. I also need to continue to do the things that suck, like give up sugar and exercise more.
More importantly, I can use David Goggins as an inspiration. He went through the same valley as I am facing and came out OK. Well, more than OK. I would give anything to look like that.
So today’s deliberate action is to continue to train my brain that when my body tries to convince me that it is “Done”, I must remind my body that I know it can give a whole lot more. And I must always find a way to do the things that suck.