Today I'm going to help point out the obvious, to some that may not see the forest for all the trees!
Many of you may not know it but I've been (still train a few people) a personal trainer for more than 20 years now, and I hear a funny phrase from people now and again and it just so happens to fall in perfect line with recovery as well: "I tried the gym, it didn't work for me."
Really? Do you really think the 'gym' didn't work? Or do you think there was another factor not being looked at? Mmmmm, indeed. Lets look at that factor!
So here you have a gym (or a recovery program) with all the bells and whistles to help get you fit & lean (or clean & sober). However, what happens to your waistline if you do not go in and use those pieces of cardio on a regular basis? What happens if you just keep eating like you used to, hanging out with people who are not dieting and trying to eat clean, or people who don't want you to go to the gym (people/places/things comes to mind)?
What happens if you go in and don't use the equipment correctly? What about if you go in thinking that "one workout" will make it all better? How about if you are more worried about trying to find a softer, easier way of getting in shape instead of just focusing on the work that needs to be done (relapse comes to mind)?
What about, if you just come in and 'go through the motions' of working out? How much weight are you going to drop and how much muscle are you going to shape by half-assing the workouts? Exactly! If you half ass it, you will get half ass results ... at best!
All this applies to recovery as well. You can't just buy a gym membership and expect to tone and fit, anymore than you can just say "I'm in recovery" and expect to be clean and sober ... both take fucking work! Like the saying in body building goes: "everyone wants to be a bodybuilder, but no one wants to life any heavy ass weight."
You also can't just go into the gym and do a little of this and a little of that and expect to get anywhere. Although it happens EVERY YEAR! Every New Year people come in with lots of motivation but absolutely no real plan or direction and then become frustrated because they did't get amazing results in the first month. Look folks, two main things here. One, it took you how long to get where you are (either in weight or using), it's going to take you a bit to get back to where you want to be! Two, being successful at ANYTHING means you have to know what the hell you are doing! Get a trainer, get a therapist, get a counselor, get a mentor, ... (getting off your ass would also help!).
And obviously you can't just half ass it. You need to go after your recovery, or ANY goal with everything you have! As they say in the gym ... if you want to BE the best, you have to train to BEAT the best! Remember, if you are in recovery, you are a fucking gladiator! Step up and act like it!
Who am I?
I have been called "Sirthinkalot" and "The mender of souls." I am an addiction specialist and a full-time psychology student on the way to Dr. Davis in clinical psychology. I am currently crusading for the expedited paradigm shift in addiction recovery!