Following on the same theme from my previous blog, it occurs to me that there is never the “perfect” time or situation to exercise. You have to make it a priority, you need to create the right time, the right opportunity. Don’t wait till your friend can go with you or you might never go. Your right time could be 6am in the morning while your friend’s is 9pm at night. It is easy to make excuses and actually the more excuses you make, the more you fail to meet your targets, the easier it becomes. It becomes easier to give in to the voice telling you, today isnt the day, giving you an excuse and before you know it you are used to failing, used to making excuses and this becomes easier.
Instead, plan for what you would like to achieve, set yourself a goal and work hard to achieve IT. Once you realise that giving in to your excuses becomes easier the more you allow it, then you will hopefully want to focus on a day by day approach to not giving in, making sure each time you make the effort to get your workout done. As you do this, your resolve will strengthen each time you don’t give in and you will become more committed. It is not going to be easy, nothing worthwhile ever comes easy and remember the harder you work to achieve it, the more it will mean to you.
Yes you are stressed, fed up, it is uncomfortable, tiring but just keep your eyes on the big picture…………………..a healthier happier YOU!
What is stopping you from achieving your goals?
It is important to learn how to identify the “excuses” that stop you from getting off the couch and for you to understand how you can push through to achieve your goals; fitness or otherwise.
It is so easy to find a reason not to exercise, for example;
- I’m too tired
- I’ve had a long day at work and i am stressed out
- Its my time of the month
- I’m hungry
- I’m broke
- I don’t want to train by myself
- It’s too cold
- It’s too hot
and the list goes on…………………………………………
Of course, there are many reasons you may not be able to exercise today but what you need to focus on is why YOU SHOULD exercise today, think of the benefits and if that is not enough to stop the excuses, assess where you are with your current health and fitness journey………………………………….Nowhere fast? you know why!
People who keep making excuses develop a habit of laziness and procrastination which makes changing your habits or sticking to any sort of plan very difficult.
There is no one else responsible for your health + fitness than you. Your trainer is just there to give you the tools you need to achieve your goals. Success depends mainly on you.
So get off your sofa and get moving. You have 24 hours in a day, all you need to do is give up one of those hours 3 to 4 times a week and you’ll be on your way.
Remember, if you keep on doing what you’ve always done, then you know exactly what to expect………………………what you’ve always had………………………make that change today.
When we encounter opposition, challenges or failures, we often wind up with mud clinging to our feet. We try to understand what went wrong, we revisit the situations and our words and actions over and over again, wishing we had handled things differently. Alternatively, we can blame someone else. opening the door to bitterness, hostility and resentment. We over analyse the situation trying to understand where we went wrong. This kind of over-analysis can lead to a frightening paralysis in which we are afraid to risk trying again in case we fail.
Its fine to try to analyse what went wrong and to take responsibility for anything we could have done better but we don’t need to spend too much time there and we must learn to move on.
Hanging on to past mistakes can make it almost impossible to face up to new challenges with enthusiasm and inadvertently can lead to failure in the next project.
We also need to realise that our seeming failure marks not only the end of our work in one area but the beginning of our work in another area.
From a christian perspective, it may be signalling God’s invitation to move on to the next task that is part of his plan for us.
So if you’ve messed up on your exercise plan or just haven’t kept to your healthy eating plan, don’t despair. Many of the people who go on to achieve their weight loss/fitness goals have also been through this stage. Your failures make you stronger and also help you realise where and when you might need more help.
So dust off the mud from your feet, shake off the memories, pull your chest back, shoulders down and get ready to do it all over again.
You’re in good company.
A one hour workout is 4% of your day. No Excuses Do it!
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