Tip: Become an Expert at Something
This is a post from my continuing series of Tuesday weight loss tips.
In a few short words, what would you say to describe me and my blog?
Am I the guy that can’t write very well? Or am I the guy that fell into some sort of internet celebrity status? Maybe, in your eyes, I’m that guy that sincerely wants to help people learn how to count calories?
I’ll let you decide what I mean to you.
Personally, I want to become and be known as an expert in counting calories. I also want people to know that I lost 100 pounds in 6 months by counting calories and exclusively burning calories on the elliptical machine. Ever since the second week of this weight loss journey I became hooked on the elliptical, wanting to go faster and harder in every session — level 2, level 8, level 15, and eventually, level 20. I don’t want to be a jack of all trades.
I just want to be the king of a few:
- Counting calories
- Weight lifting
- Elliptical machines
I’ll never be the best or know the most. I know that. That doesn’t matter though, I’m not competing against anybody but myself. I want to grow for my own sake. I want to be smarter about counting calories and learn about nutrition for my sake, not someone else (until I become a personal trainer, which is in the works!). I want to lift more weight than I did two weeks ago and I want to be faster on the elliptical than I was last month.
Last week for example, I maintained a speed of 10.0+ on the elliptical for 4 minutes at a resistance level of 20. If you’ve ever stepped onto an elliptical machine, you know that’s not easy. It’s not easy. But, when I first stepped onto an elliptical, I couldn’t do the first level for 5 minutes.
That’s what I mean about growth. Become an expert.
When you attempt to become an expert at something, whether it means to become faster, stronger, or smarter, you get more motivation to continue. It’s so hard to walk into a gym for the first time and try every single cardio machine — more than likely, everything would be tough, especially if you’ve been out of the gym for a while. It’d be very easy to get discouraged. I recommend finding something and becoming an expert at it. Running, rowing, elliptical(ling?), biking, etc.
Find something, even if it’s hard, and keep at it. Become an expert.
You’ll start to become good at what you’re doing. And, eventually, you’ll begin to like it, and you’ll want to see just how good you can get.
That’s why I’ll never stop. I want to see how far I can go.