Can you believe we are already in the last week of January? And whether you aimed to quit smoking, eat better, exercise more, or stop binge shopping on Amazon, now is when things get tough. This is the point when people start to fall off the wagon. The point where the energy and determination you had when you set your fitness goals begins to falter. The point when the gym (that was so full since the new year and had lines at the treadmills) starts to empty out.
Yes, you know what I am talking about.
But did you know that this is also the perfect time to push yourself a little harder and really work to transform your resolutions into new choices, habits and lifestyles? This is especially true when it comes to taking care of your health, because your health affects so many other parts of your life.
Alright, it’s time for some tough love. Ready? Where you are right now in life – is because of YOUR choices. Wait! Before you think of hundreds of excuses, take a moment and really think about this: Once you take full responsibility for where you are in life right now, you can empower yourself to make decisions and CHOOSE where you want to go moving forward.
Choice is Constructive Thinking
If you find yourself saying “I hate the cold, but I can’t move because of my job.” Or, “I can’t afford to go on vacation.” Or, about the extra 15 pounds you are carrying around, “I can’t go to the gym, I don’t have time.” Whenever you hear yourself say the words “I CAN’T,” stop yourself and reflect. Can’t you? When you change your perspective you empower yourself to either make a change or justify your decision. Let’s look at those same examples, reworded:
“I choose to live in the cold climate, so that I can continue working a job that I love.”
By saying that, you are basically stating that you have the option to move someplace warmer and start a new job. But, you have chosen to remain where you are. Once you recognize that it is your choice, you become empowered to either change your surroundings, or embrace where you are (and cut out the time and energy wasted on complaining).
“I choose to forego a vacation this year in order to invest in finishing our basement.”
Do you see how this empowers you? It gives you the option: you could go on vacation, but you chose to do something else. This means you could also choose to get a side job and save for an upcoming trip. Or, you could cut one area of your budget by just $20/month and start saving for a travel fund. You choose.
“I chose to enjoy the holidays with sweets and treats and second helpings, I chose to spend extra time on the couch binge watching Game of Thrones instead of going to the gym, therefore I chose to carry around these extra 15 pounds.”
Sounds a little rough, but this isn’t about beating yourself up. By admitting you made your own choices, it will be that much easier to choose your next steps because you owned up to your responsibility. “I choose to go to the gym and to lose these 15 pounds!”
Your Choices Create Your Future.
The next time you find yourself making excuses, reword each excuse to clearly state the choice you are making. You will find that you will begin changing statements like, “I don’t have enough time to workout,” to “I am choosing not to make time to workout” to “I have 10 minutes, I choose to do a quick workout because I want to reach my fitness goals!”
This weeks new video is a 10 minute, low impact, core workout. So roll off the couch, and onto the floor and join me for 10 minutes to strengthen your core muscles and build a stable base to reach your fitness goals with these exercises.
10 MINUTE CORE WORKOUT
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Share Your Thoughts
Reword one of your fitness goals/excuses into a “choice” sentence and share below: