5 Obstacles to Fitness Success
You want to be fit. You know how much you should weigh. You know your ideal pant size. You can even picture how great those skinny jeans will look.
So why aren’t you living life in your ideal body?
There are many complex reasons that make weight loss a challenge, reasons that go deeper than simply “calories-in” versus “calories-out.” What am I talking about? The larger (often, psychological) issues that block your way to success.
Every obstacle can be cleared. Here are some roadblock-blasters to unlock your best body ever:
1. You don’t want to be bothered. It’s in your DNA to avoid pain and seek pleasure. Unfortunately, this works against you when you’re trying to get fit. In your mind, it’s painful (or at least uncomfortable) to deny yourself the tasty food that you crave and to exert yourself with exercise.
There’s a simple way to work around this obstacle: Find something painful about being fat to motivate yourself towards healthy eating and exercise. Focus on the negative impact your current weight has on your health, self-esteem and lifestyle. Convince yourself that the pain of being out of shape is much greater than the discomfort of losing weight.
2. You don’t want to wait for the good stuff. Just as you wish to avoid pain, you are also an expert in seeking out pleasure – namely, food. This served the cavemen well, but these days it ends up as extra pounds around your waist and thighs.
There’s good news: extra calories are not your only option to stimulate the pleasure center of your brain. Find an activity or two that make you smile, and indulge regularly:
- A walk outside
- A good book
- A night out at the movies (sans popcorn and candy)
- A spa day
- You can also retrain your brain to crave the pleasure of exercise-induced endorphins. Talk about weight gain kryptonite!
3. You’re crazy-busy. Let’s face it, you work too much, commit yourself to too much and don’t even get enough sleep most of the time. The fast-paced way you live leaves you exhausted, stressed and hungry for comfort food. You even begin to feel too busy to take care of your health.
It’s time to reprioritize. Let go of your perfectionist standards and remove a few commitments from your schedule so that you’re able to cook healthy meals, exercise and get a good night’s sleep. Remind yourself that taking care of your health is not a luxury, and it’s not something to feel guilty about – it’s a necessity.
4. You don’t deserve it. I see this more often than you’d believe: people who act like they don’t deserve to live the good life in the body of their dreams. Is this you? Take a moment to think back on all the times you have self-sabotaged your weight-loss efforts. If you don’t believe deep down that you are worthy then you’ll never give yourself a chance at a fit body.
I believe that you deserve to have a healthy body – and I urge you to dig deep down to uncover why you don’t. Once you conquer your feelings of unworthiness, getting on an exercise and healthy eating plan will be easy.
Take the time to take care of yourself. You DO deserve it.
5. You’re afraid. You’re afraid to start, because you just might fail – and wouldn’t that be embarrassing? You’re also afraid to start because you just might succeed, and change makes you uncomfortable (even if it’s change in the right direction).
When you decide to get fit you will need to go through a bushel of changes:
- New diet
- New exercise routine
- New friends at the gym
- New clothes
- New self-image
Focus on all of the ways that losing weight will make your life better. Envision that better life everyday so that it goes from being new and scary to familiar and comfortable.
I want to personally help overcome every obstacle standing between you and your ideal body. Call or email today to get started on a program that will change your life and body forever.