I wrote this tip over a year ago, but this theme has been coming up over and over for the last couple of weeks, so I wanted to revive it and pass it along in case you are struggling with “getting going” and “keeping your momentum.” How many times have you wanted to begin a fitness regiment or a weight loss program, but thought it was too hard? When training new clients, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon I want to share with you.
When a new client wants to begin a fitness program, we might challenge them to walk just 20 minutes on their own. It sounds easy when the commitment is made, but when the day arrives and they haven’t scheduled the 20 minutes of walking into their schedule, somehow that 20 minutes seems impossible and not easy, so it doesn’t happen. What evolves afterwards is the interesting part. The client then goes into a guilty spin of “why didn’t I do it” mentality and then they end up wasting precious hours beating themselves up about it!
Another example is getting on a healthy nutritional program. Maybe the challenge is to go 3 days without having desserts. Well, day 2 happens and that cookie just was too tempting…then the next 2 days are spent beating themselves up again!
The energy spent on feeling bad completely outweighs the actual moment of following through with the commitment, yet somehow we connect more with feeling guilty than trying something new. Why is it we are comfortable in negative feelings? Interesting, isn’t it?!
So my thought for you today is to commit to something which, in the moment, might feel a bit uncomfortable because it’s different, but know that the ripple effect of this new habit won’t waste hours of guilty nonsense. Instead establish a comfort zone over time creating lifelong healthy living and a positive mindset!
As I heard one of my trainers say this morning…saying NO to a temping food is so much easier than actually burning it off through exercise!