I know you’ve heard the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. But so many runners keep doing the same workouts over and over …
My name is Patrick McGilvray, and I’m an experienced marathoner, ultra runner, Sports Nutritionist, Master Life Coach, and weight loss coach for runners. I’ve dedicated my life to helping runners just like you properly fuel your body and your mind. So you can get leaner, get stronger, run faster, and run longer than you ever thought possible. This is Running Lean.
Hey there, and welcome to Episode 140, of Running Lean. My name is Patrick McGilvray, the weight loss coach for runners. And today, you have to do more, to become more. I know, you’ve heard that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things over and over again, and expect different results, right. But so many runners I talk to, they keep doing the same workouts over and over and over and somehow they expect that they’re just gonna get faster.
Or people that lift the same amount of weights all the time and expect to get stronger or build more muscle, or you just keep eating the same food over and over again expecting to magically lose weight. I don’t know how this is supposed to happen.
But whatever, from an external perspective, these problems, they’re pretty obvious, right? You have to do things differently in order to get different results. But from an internal perspective, like from the inside, looking out where this lesson is often missed, it’s just, it’s a blind spot that a lot of us have, we all have had this at some point a lot of us have right now.
So today, I’m gonna get into what it looks like to stop doing the same things over and over again, and start doing things differently because you have to do more in order to become more. And one of the things that I love about what I do about being a weight loss coach is that I get to help runners, people who are already pretty focused on their own health and fitness, I get to help them take things to the next level.
So a lot of the runners I work with have been running consistently for a long time, or maybe a short period of time, but for some time, they really are into running, they get it, they love running. They’re also doing other kinds of workouts pretty consistently. Sometimes it’s cross training, cycling, yoga, strength training, whatever it is.
But when it comes to nutrition, there’s this blind spot there, okay, they’re at a loss, they get confused by all the conflicting information that’s out there. And they’ve tried all kinds of diets that don’t work. They even get told by some dietitians or coaches to stop running altogether. Which is really just not an option for people like us, am I right? So what’s the answer?
How do you lose weight while you keep running? How do you keep running without all the gross gels and stuff, you know the stuff that makes you gain weight? Well, that’s exactly what I do. As your coach, I put together a personalized plan for you that you feel good about to get your nutrition in line with your weight loss goals and your running goals.
Because you know what? You can do both, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. And I see this every single day: people who are learning how to fuel their bodies to promote good health, to lose weight, and to promote their athletic performance to improve their running. And this topic I’m talking about here today is all about doing more, so that you can become more. And if you’re finally ready to do more to take your health and fitness to the next level to lose weight for good to improve your running performance to really become the most badass version of yourself then you’re ready for the Running Lean coaching project.
This is my unique weight loss coaching program designed specifically for runners to help you crush those weight loss goals and crush those running goals too. Okay? To learn more, just go to runningleancoaching.com/apply and get started. I would love to have you in the Running Lean coaching project where the project is you.
Alright, let’s get into this topic here today, you have to do more to become more so that old saying that I mentioned at the top of the episode here where the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. We’ve all heard this before. We all know it but still so many people are on willing to change anything at all. They just keep doing the same things over and over and over and expect somehow that things are going to be different and something is going to change.
For example, a lot of people come to me because they want to lose weight and they want to improve their running and these are amazing goals and they truly want these things for themselves. They have been overweight for some time, you know, the more they run, the more they tend to put on pounds. I know, it’s counterintuitive, but I see it all the time.
And when I talk to these people, I can really feel it, I really feel that they want these things for themselves, they are important to them, they really want to change. But there’s something that comes up, it’s a resistance, it’s a resistance to change.
Anytime we think about changing, anytime we think about embarking on some sort of process of change. When we want to become more we want to get out of our comfort zone, there’s this resistance that comes up, even thinking about changing how you eat, is going to create a resistance from within you.
And Steven Pressfield, in the War of Art calls resistance the enemy within. So it’s not something that is out there. It’s not resistance from outside of you, it’s resistance that’s within you. And you will experience this resistance every time you get outside your comfort zone, or even think about getting outside your comfort zone. When you think about how, you know what, I really want to improve my marathon time, I really want to PR my next marathon, I really want to qualify for Boston. But that’s going to require me to shave 15 or 20, or 30 minutes off of my already, you know, challenging marathon time.
When you even think about that your brain starts coming up with all sorts of stories, and excuses and reasons and justifications. And you start telling yourself that you know what, there’s just going to be too hard, I can’t do it. Right there. That’s the resistance.
And you have to understand something: the resistance is normal, it’s perfectly normal to have this, we all have this kind of resistance that shows up for us. Anytime we want to embark on a journey of change, and the bigger the change, the bigger the resistance. And so the real work that we have to do is really battling that resistance. And what it looks like to bow the resistance is in a nutshell is to suit up, show up and do the deal. Whatever it is you need to do.
If you want to become more, you got to do more. So you got to show up and do what you need to do. Even though you’re experiencing the resistance, even though you’re experiencing all these excuses and reasons. And these obstacles that are seemingly in your path. If you want to run faster, you can’t keep doing the same workouts right, you need to practice running faster, you got to do the speed work, you got to do intervals, you’ve got to do tempo runs, you got to do fartleks, I just love saying fartleks.
If you want to lose weight, you can’t keep eating the same foods that you’ve been eating that helped you to gain all the weight, you’re going to have to change up your nutrition game, your nutrition game is going to have to get on point. If you want to build muscle, if you want to get stronger, you can’t keep lifting the same amount of weight, you’ve got to increase the amount of weight that you’re lifting because your body adapts to the weight.
So if you want to build muscle, if you want to get stronger, you’ve got to keep increasing the weights, or reps or both. So you keep creating that adaptive response and your muscles will grow. And this goes for anything that you want to change in your life. And again, like I said, the bigger the change, the more resistance is going to come up. But this is how it works.
You want to change something you do a little bit more, you’ve got to get outside of your comfort zone a little bit, even just a little. You stick with that until that kind of becomes your new normal. Your Comfort Zone grows, you grow, you become more and then you repeat, rinse and repeat this cycle over and over again until you reach your goal. And then you keep going because we always have some goal out there it doesn’t we don’t stop growing. We don’t stop learning. We don’t stop evolving. We don’t stop becoming more.
But that cycle I just described none of that happens without the doing bit you got to do more to become more but this is where most people get stuck or most people stop or most people quit because doing more is hard work. Doing more is uncomfortable. Doing more is getting into unfamiliar territory. And sometimes you know what? It just feels terrible.
Getting outside your comfort zone does not feel good. That’s why we call it outside your comfort zone. It is not something that is comfortable, it feels terrible. So fear is an example of what I’m talking about. Right now I’m working on getting stronger legs, my legs have always been kind of a weak point, I just have these skinny little bird legs, whatever.
And so I’ve been focusing on doing more leg workouts and being more intentional about doing leg workouts. You know how many people love to do leg workouts? Zero. Zero people, nobody likes to do leg workouts, right? In particular, one of my worst exercises is lunges.
And the way my trainer has me doing lunges is it’s a type of lunge called a Bulgarian split. But it’s a type of lunge called a Bulgarian split squat. And we use kettlebells. And your back leg is elevated on a bench and your forward leg is the leg that you’re squatting on. So you really are using just that forward leg and that back leg, you know, you really don’t have any sort of leverage from that back leg. It’s just there to kind of balance you.
And I hate doing these. They’re terrible. They’re super hard. And I was talking to my trainer about it the other day, and I was telling him how much I hate doing these things. And he’s like, Well, that looks like where you need to focus your attention here. And I was like, oh, I hate that. I hate that. I have to focus my attention on the things that are hard and uncomfortable. And the things I don’t like to do. But I did it.
And four days later, I did this on Monday, today’s Thursday, four days later, my legs are still sore. But here’s the thing, I want more, I want to become more in this case, I want stronger legs. So I know that I’m going to have to do more than what I’ve been doing. And for me, doing more means doing the things that I don’t want to do. Doing the things that are uncomfortable, doing the things that I’m weakest at.
Because honestly, if it’s easy, it’s too comfortable. It doesn’t change you at all. Right? It just helps you stay where you are. So for me, I’m focusing on doing these lunges and other leg workouts to build stronger legs so that I can become the runner that I want to be and improve my running and some other things.
And so just you know, in order to make this change that I want for myself, I’m doing the hard work, and I’m just embracing it and I don’t like it, but I’m doing it anyway. And then here’s an example from a nutrition standpoint. For years, I was eating the same diet, basically the typical runner’s diet, which is you know, carbs, right, all carbs, literally all carbs.
And over the years, I was steadily gaining weight. And I was running a ton of miles. Every week, I was training for marathons, I was training for ultra marathons, and I just kept steadily gaining weight. And I wanted so badly for things to change. I wanted to lose the weight, I wanted to feel better. I wondered if running was ever going to be easier. I wanted to have more energy. I was feeling rundown a lot, I was really inflamed and bloated. And I use the word puffy, because I just felt very puffy. And I wanted to become more.
But I knew that in order to become more, I had to do more. And I knew all about ditching the carbs and getting fat adapted, and I knew it was going to work. But I wasn’t willing to put in the work. I wasn’t willing to get uncomfortable. I wasn’t willing to change what I was doing, because it’s an uncomfortable process. So I avoided it, I just put it off and put it off and put it off. Because I told myself, this is going to be too hard.
I gotta wait until I’m really ready for this maybe when I’m not training for something. And and I just kept telling myself all these stories, and I had all these reasons and all these excuses. But what it really was was that resistance, that resistance kept coming up. And I was giving into it. I was just letting it control me.
Until finally I was just fed up with that I had gained like 40 pounds, I was overweight, I was miserable. Running was just becoming so hard. I felt terrible all the time. And I eventually just made the decision to do it: to ditch the carbs, embrace the suck for a short period of time, you know, I got outside of my comfort zone.
And it took work. It took months of me really kind of learning what to do, what to eat, what not to eat, how to learn how to run without all the carbs. I started weight training in a different way. You know, getting getting my strength training on in a very different way. And all of these things combined helped me to get through this period and become the healthier, fitter, leaner, stronger, faster version of me that I always wanted to become, that I knew I could become.
And then I just, I kept thinking it was going to be too hard. I kept thinking about all the stories and excuses and reasons why I didn’t want to do this, because it was an uncomfortable thing to change. But I wanted it so badly for so long. And I finally was ready to do it. And looking back on it, I’m like, why did I wait so long to do that?
If I had just done this a few years prior to that, I wouldn’t have had to suffer for such a long period of time, I wouldn’t have to struggle with my weight and with running, and with the way I felt every day in my energy levels. And I wish I had done it sooner, but everything happens for a reason. So I’m like, okay, it’s perfect timing, whatever, it’s all good.
But I say this all the time, I say, nothing changes, if nothing changes, right? And it’s not just a pithy saying it is the absolute truth. It has to be something that we embrace change has to be something that we embrace. Because if where you are right now, is not where you ultimately want to be, then you’re going to have to do more, you only get different results by taking different actions, right, you don’t get results by thinking differently. Although that’s part of it.
You’ve got to think differently. But you also have to take actions, actions produce results, thoughts don’t produce results, right? You can think about losing weight, you can think about changing your diet, you can think about running faster. But unless you actually do things and get out of your comfort zone and push yourself and get uncomfortable, nothing’s going to change for you.
You don’t lose weight by thinking about changing your diet, you don’t get stronger by thinking about going to the gym, right? Actions produce results. And the same actions, if you just keep doing the same things over and over again, will just continue to produce the same results. So just keep doing what you’ve already been doing, you’ll just keep getting more and more of what you’ve already got. Right? In order to be more, you have to do more.
So here’s some action steps for you this week. Here’s what I want you to watch. Here’s what I want you to work on this week, I want you to think about who it is you want to become. Get very, very clear on this, create a vision for your future self. What does the future you look like? What does the future you feel like? What has the future you accomplished? And spend some time every day thinking about this, this is a very powerful tool called this visualization.
This is what elite athletes do, they create a vision of who they want to be, sometimes they envision the race they’re about to run. And they visualize it every single day. It’s a very, very powerful to tool to help you achieve these big goals that you want for yourself. And it doesn’t matter what it is, if you want to get stronger, if you want to lose weight, if you want to get fitter. If you want to get healthier, if you want to improve your running, or you want to qualify for Boston, whatever it is, imagine yourself crossing that finish line and looking up at the clock and seeing that PR time on the clock. And do this every single day. That’s a very, very powerful first step. So you have to know who it is you want to become and you have to spend some time thinking about that. Okay.
Next, I want you to think about what you need to do in order to get there. And you don’t have to have every step, like mapped out because it’s kind of impossible to do that anyway, like, just focus on what is the next step? What is the next action you can take? What can you do today or this week? What’s one thing that you can change today or this week, to get you a little bit closer to that goal? If you want to become that future self, you’ve got to do things differently. So what is one thing you can do differently today?
And then step number three is to do that thing. It’s not going to feel good. That resistance is going to come up and you got to do it anyway. Remember, the results come from taking action, no action, no results. No doing equals no becoming. So what is it that you can do and then do that thing, okay? And then just rinse and repeat this process. Keep thinking about who it is you want to be,every day, every week, come up with an action step or two that you can take and then do that thing even though you’re going to experience that resistance.
Okay, that’s how we become more. If you want to become more, you have to do more. And I want to encourage you to do more this week, okay? And if you’re looking to become more, if you’re ready to do the work to get there, I’m here to help get you there. Okay? Love you all. Keep on Running Lean, and I’ll talk to you soon.
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