Have you ever been on a diet? Chances are, yeah, you probably have. Did you see results on your diet? Did those results fade quicker than you could have imagined? Did you find it nearly impossible to stick to? Did you find yourself thinking about things you “couldn’t have”? If you’re like 95% of people, then yeah, that’s about how it goes. Most people end up gaining MORE weight from the dieting process.
Yeah yeah yeah. We KNOW that. But it doesn’t really stop us, does it? We know better, but we find yet another meal plan to follow, food group to cut out, or “simple fix” to change our bodies, all while hating ourselves.
Now I’m not knocking any of those options (except the hating yourself. Please please don’t do that!) I think it is wise to follow a meal plan & nutritional ketosis really is amazing, but it’s the MINDSET of the way we usually take those things on that causes us to fail.
If you are lethargic about making a change, chances are you aren’t going to make it. If you dread your meal plan, even if it’s full of foods you like, you probably aren’t going to stick with it very long. If you feel your health is out of your control, then it is.
Habits are really tough things, but you know what? I don’t care how “habitual” something is, it is still your choice. Sure, it may take a tiny bit more effort to not reach for a food that you’re used to reaching for, but that’s your hand. That’s your mouth. I don’t see a puppeteer forcing that food in your mouth! Ok, that sounds harsh, I know. I DO have compassion for the difficulties we all face when it comes to being healthier. But I also know how important it is to not be a victim of your health.
I want you to take a good, hard look at what your mindset is when it comes to health. Do you feel powerless to eat better? Do you feel exhausted just thinking about a workout? Do you see other people reaching milestones with their fitness and wish that could be you? Well, guess what– YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN ACHIEVE IT. This is not a cheesy pep talk, this is not a motivational speech. This is me flat out telling you I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that nothing can stand in your way if you want it. And I don’t mean kinda want it. You have to really want to change, and you have to be ready to remind yourself of it over and over. This is why we have to be vocal about our goals. I can’t tell you how many different programs I’ve started just to completely fizzle out in a matter of days. A spark doesn’t burn very bright for very long. You have to stoke your fire and build it. Motivation is that fire. It may start with a spark, but you have to work for it to get hot and burn long.
I don’t know what specific passion is going to push you to your goals, but I challenge you to search for it. Look for your why. What makes you workout? And no, guilt won’t get you very far. Shaming yourself into a workout because you ate icecream won’t help you achieve anything but continuing on the diet roller coaster. Find your why, and put all of your focus on it. Dig deeper than your skin because if you can’t love the body you’re in right this very moment, you aren’t going to love it 10, 20, 50 pounds from now. You can love your body and still see areas of potential growth.
I’m challenging you to get fired up, because your health is so important to fight for! It IS a fight! There are so many factors stacked against you, so you have to be ready to get aggressive and vocal and courageous. Stare down everything obstacle in your way and know that you can overcome it. Take on the proper mindset, and there’s seriously no goal you won’t reach.