It happens almost a little too often. You’ve been thinking for some time that you want to lose weight, or get back in shape, but don’t ever get around to making a change. You’re hectic schedule or constant travel seems to always get in the way. Then, something comes up, a wedding perhaps, and all of the sudden that desire to get healthy and fit becomes a STRONG desire.
The problem is, you only have a few weeks to lose the weight, build the muscle, or get that six-pack. You workout a few times, have a couple of salads, and stay away from that coke you’re now constantly thinking about. But halfway through your first or second week, you get “too busy” to workout, add ridiculous amounts of ranch, croutons, and bacon bits to your salads and top them off with a coke and get a rib-eye on the side.
If you did keep with it and reach your goal by the wedding/gala/event, shortly after, you slip into your old habits. Before you know it you’re worse off than when you started. What happened? You tried to get healthy for the wrong reasons. If you really want to get fit and healthy, you need to have the right mindset.
Here’s the issue at hand: you really don’t want to be fit or eat healthy, you want to fit in that dress or those pants. You aren’t thinking about your back pain, or always feeling tired. You aren’t thinking about being able to keep up with your kids or go hiking on the weekend. The focus is on inches and pounds. In the great words of Yoda, “that is why you fail.”
Now for some, focusing on losing some inches or pounds helps, and they actually keep their goals once they reach them. But I have seen far more often than not people going into fitness and dieting with these sorts of goals and fail time and time again. However, when I hear people say they want more energy, to play with their kids, or to do something they couldn’t before (like a 5k), they are far more likely to succeed.
When you have a goal to do something you couldn’t before and to “feel younger” instead of look younger, those other goals will be achieved automatically. If all you want is to lose 10 pounds, once you reach that goal, you’ll still want to have that burger and fries.
If you want to feel more energized throughout the day, however, that burger and fries won’t seem as tempting, knowing how you’ll feel after you eat it. The best part is that by making healthy eating a lifestyle instead of a diet, you’ll get BOTH more energy and lose ten pounds (or do that 5k AND get a six-pack). Healthy eating and fitness is a lifestyle choice, not a seasonal event. Make it your lifestyle choice and you’ll not only reach your goals… you’ll keep them, even go beyond them!