I want a raise at work! I don’t want to put in the extra hours to earn that raise.
I want a new car! I don’t want to set up a budget so I can save up for a new car.
I want to lead a healthier life! I don’t want to make the necessary changes in my life to be healthier.
So many times in life we struggle with the idea of what we DON’T want to do versus what we NEED to do for the lifestyle we want to lead. It’s no different when it comes to our health. Here are a few examples:
Not wanting to keep a food diary because it’s too inconvenient vs. needing to track your food so you can achieve for your fitness goals.
Not wanting to get up at 5am to work out vs. needing to wake up at 5am because that is the only free time you have to work out before taking your kids to school, getting to work, and so on.
Not wanting to cut back on wine, beer, desert (vice of choice) vs. needing to cut back if your weight loss has plateaued.
Not wanting to do those extra reps, sets or minutes of cardio vs. needing to so you continue to progress and not plateau.
For most people this is what holds them back when it comes to their health. Usually the end result we seek seems so far from the starting point that it’s difficult to rationalize to ourselves that these changes we need to make will make much of an impact. That’s why it’s so important to take small steps first to incorporate these changes into your daily routine. Work your way backwards from your goal, step by step to create a path that will lead to where you are now. This will set you up to make better decisions on what needs to be done to take that next step forward. And each step forward will take you that much closer to your goal.
Your goal is to lose 20lbs of fat. Your trainer lays out a plan to begin training at least 3 times a week and change your diet. The only time you have to work out is 6am. That means you need to wake up at 5am. That means you need to go to sleep at 10pm instead of 11pm. That means you can’t watch a movie and grab a snack and glass of wine after 9pm. That means eating dinner around 6pm instead of 7pm. That means planning your meals out ahead of time so you aren’t starving come dinner time. That means tracking your food so you know how much you need to have to fuel your body for your day. That means downloading an app that will make it simple to track your food.
If you look at that goal and have no idea where to start or how to continue to succeed until you reach that goal, then of course you will constantly be fighting yourself on what you want to do and what you don’t want to do.
Sometimes, to get to where we want in life, we have to stop making excuses and make the right decisions. Not because we WANT to, but because we NEED to.