If It’s Not Challenging You, It’s Not Changing You.

Morning world and welcome to another Friday here on Planet Magnet. So the end of the week beckons and as ever some of us are lucky enough to be able to have this as our final day of work and be looking forward to a nice weekend of rest or activity. Anything really, but not work….

A quick post today as there are a million and one things to be getting on with, including a start in my running training!


I know!


I am finally going to do my first bit of running for what must be nearly 25 years and I am looking forward to it with equal amounts of excitement and trepidation. I am hoping that all will be well with my body (back and knee) and that this can become part of my new routine where I learn the interval running and slowly improve along with continuing to learn and improve at the TRX and Kettle Bell training.

Wish me luck!

Anyway, what do you think of that title eh? Pretty deep isn’t it? I had never heard it before Wednesday when I popped in to see a friends house that he has nearly finished building. As we walked around he said he had read that mornings post and was pleased that I was finally back at the gym and trying hard once more. I began to tell him that I was enjoying it even if the new style of training was harder and totally different to all that I had ever done before and that’s when he said it.

“If it’s not challenging you, it’s not changing you”


What a brilliant and totally simple point of view to take.

I know this morning the running will challenge me as I have not done it for so long and if it challenges me then it will change me.


This is such an honest and simple statement because it is totally true, if anything you do does not challenge you then it will not be changing you. Obviously in the example it referred to the exercise but it could be applied to ANY part of life because if something isn’t a challenge that means it is already part of your daily life and that is not going to change you because you have already assimilated it into your routine and mindset so it can invariably be done without effort and only using the autopilot part of you brain.

It is the same for addiction. If stopping the thing that you want to do the most is no challenge then it will not lead to any change in your behaviour.

As you guys know I have this actual experience. I am working through my food issues and they are proving to be challenging BUT I am changing because of it. I have used my Weight Loss Surgery as a tool and am still challenging myself to address my food issues but because I am, I now find myself very much ahead of the curve in my original weight loss targets.

As you know I have also decided to stop drinking alcohol because I do not like its effects on me. Stopping this is proving to be a big challenge but the changes in me are so much better than I could have hoped for. I am brighter, more alert and much more likely to get on with the task in hand rather than put it off. Since stopping drinking three weeks ago, I have very much noticed the change in my outlook on life, I have noticed how much better I feel toward life and I just have to continue to realise this point and it will help me in my challenge to leave the booze alone.

So, there you have it, simple proof that a simple statement is absolute fact (well, for me at least) because not only does it makes sense, it also makes a difference. Now I would never teach anyone to suck eggs but remember people, if you do what you always do, you will get what you have always got.

It can’t really be that simple.

Can it….?

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

16 thoughts on “If It’s Not Challenging You, It’s Not Changing You.

    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      I am pleased to say that this morning went well. I did a 5 minute preset interval training session on the treadmill followed by my TRX, Kettle Bells and Mat work. I then went BACK to the treadmill and did it all over again!.
      I am afraid to say this, but I rather enjoyed it.
      Is there something wrong with me….?


  1. sleeveforme22 says:

    I have been running a bit over the past couple of weeks and it feels amazing. I have knee issues too and my doc said as long as it doesn’t hurt, that running is okay in limited fashion. I hope trying today works for you!!

    Love that quote and you are right – it is true! We become complacent when we refuse to challenge ourselves!

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  2. Amanda says:

    Such a true statement! Love it! I have been working with Couch to 5k program for 4 weeks now post-op for running and it’s really making a huge difference in my running endurance. My goal is to run a full 5k non-stop by March. I am really hoping to reach that goal and have been training every week and weekend races to achieve that. Not sure what type of program you’re using or if you’re just doing intervals but I highly recommend the Zen Labs C25K app if you’re interested.

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