Habits > outcomes
Many people contact me saying I want to lose a certain amount of weight in a certain time period. By this vacation or that wedding. How about FOR LIFE?! Why don’t you want to commit to healthy habits forever?
I understand commitment is scary AND most people have an improper mindset when it comes to fitness and nutrition. Many people (including my father) associate working out with punishment and nutrition with restriction. This is the problem. Once you understand that PROPER fitness and nutrition are going to make you feel great and enhance your life, I committing to it forever will be a tastier treat to swallow.
Now, of course, I am all about having specific goals and deadlines to shoot for (sparks action to keep you motivated) BUT.... The 'x' pounds in 'x' weeks mindset shows that you are already not thinking long term or considering how you can build better habits to change your life permanently.
So let's say you do have a goal to lose 30lbs in 60 days. You go on a restrictive diet and intense exercise program and reach your goal, woo! But... THEN WHAT??? How are you going to sustain that?
You see this is where things fall apart. You may have chose a route that was not realistic or sustainable for you. You might completely fall off, go back to eating unhealthy foods, you may work out here and there and the weight may slowly creep back on.
BUT THE THING IS, it does not have to be this way. I am not saying changing a habit is easy, but if you take it one step at a time, focusing on one habit at a time, making small changes here and there + patience with finding exercise you enjoy and experimenting with ways to make nutritious food taste delicious, you will be well on your way to never having to diet or worry about losing weight for an event/vacation again.
Keep your end goal vision in mind and do not let short term gains tempt you from the long-term goal. You have one life on this earth and so many days ahead, get in the habit of making healthy choices today, so that you can enjoy your life without being consumed by the “what-if”/ diet restriction / fitness grinding for the rest of your days.
5 years from now you are not going to care whether it took 4, 6, 9, 12 months to reach your goal. You are going to be happy you took the time to change the habits that were holding you back.
You have to decide what you want more, bad habits that bring you instant gratification and comfort or new habits that will be super uncomfortable and difficult at first, BUT will pay off in the long haul.
There is no diet pill or juice cleanse that is going to change your habits and get you sustainable results. You have to decide that you are sick of being unhealthy, making short term decisions that continue to bring you no benefit (like juice cleansing and exercise trends) start making those difficult changes NOW.
Don’t know where/how to start?
My life goal is to help people build better habits and create sustainable change for a living. Don't hesitate to reach out! You are no different than the person next to you that has made these changes.
You are worth it and you can do it!
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