Train Like an Astronaut-Chapter Two
Last month I wrote about the Train Like an Astronaut Program, which I am a participant in at Michigan State University and the department of Kinesiology. A NSBRI, (National Space Biomedical Research Institute) program directed by Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology Deborah Feltz of Michigan State University and led by Doctoral candidate Alison Ede.
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Remember from the earlier blog I wrote that the program is exciting, the science behind the purpose motivating, and I was all gaga about the program. Then reality sank in, as it invariably will with any long term goal and exercise program will. I was struggling.
The first two weeks was a complete body shock, time shock, and lifestyle shock. I had been in a routine that was now completely flipped around. My lunchtime comfort zone of recess for big people, (going to the gym), was now gone. After work sessions were now my norm, and the dark of the January Michigan winter made things even worse. My OCD personality did not like life.
Having been through long term workout goals and being a certified trainer I knew deep down that eventually my mindset would turn, after two weeks it did. I have to be honest with you though, those first two weeks I had myself questioning this whole process.
Understanding that clearly this was normal. My advice to you and to myself was just to stick with it, because persistence will pay off, and it will get better.
I kept telling myself that anyway! Cynicisms aside, anyone can struggle with change, it is human nature.
Knowing that I had committed to a six month, six day a week program looked and felt daunting, I mean lets be real here, this is 144 sessions, and six months can seem like forever in the beginning. Add to that the time shift and even an experienced person can have self-doubts. I was, and it was a sense of mild doom.
Soon though, what will happen is that doom will disappear as you keep pushing yourself. Better days are ahead I promise you that.
So at the middle of the third week my perception shifted, and gradually the days became a little brighter, and the after work training session thing became the norm. I really believe that this is where many of our goals will either sink or swim, the dreaded two week mark. The New Year’s resolution can become like so many other unsustainable grand plans and we regretfully lose our MOJO. Fear not and don’t give up because change, though sometimes seemingly impossible, self-improvement needs a sustainable push.
Giving yourself a fair chance to make your new habit a true lifestyle change will take at least three weeks, so know that and keep that firmly in front of your thoughts.
Three weeks is nothing in the span of our lives, it may seem like swimming across the ocean, or climbing a mountain but it is not. Our lives are made up of millions of incremental steps, those baby steps so often talked about.
- The Cue (which in this case for me is after my days work)
- The Routine (getting my butt over to the lab to do my work out of the day)
- The Reward (my feeling of accomplishment and high energy after completing my commitment)
Now after just completing my fourth week I am totally on board and looking forward to my daily assault on the goal. The habit has been firmly cemented, and I look forward to my new routine. Change for us is a really good thing. Personally I become a major creature of habits with my fitness and activities, we all do. Please take my personal lessons and let it inspire you to a sustainable outcome, use my self doubt and insecurities to empower you to complete that goal.
This is a very unique opportunity to be part of something big. Research needs participants to become a statistically viable measurement, so I would highly encourage anyone and everyone to look at this link and give it a shot.
And if you would like to become part of the program look at this link and drop me a note, I will be happy to forward your email on to Dr. Feltz.