As we enter into the month of March, many of us who created New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, and exercise more regularly, are finding it more difficult to stick with these habits 100% of the time. Maybe by now you have fallen off the wagon once, or twice. It is perfectly okay to fall off the wagon, it will happen often, probably more than you would like, but don’t burn the wagon down. Just get back on and keep moving slow and steady towards your goal you have created for yourself.
In a world full of quick, and easy, we often forget that not everything worth working for happens overnight. It is the perseverance and strong will to keep pushing forward that will ultimately get us to our goal. Think about when you first learned to do anything, let’s use riding a bike as an example. Did you get it the first time you tried? Hell no, of course not. You crashed into a fence, a tree, the neighbor’s dog, but you got back up and tried again. You didn’t say screw this after falling once, I guess I wasn’t meant to ride this bike. So why do we do that now as adults? Eating healthy and training hard isn’t easy. If it were, we wouldn’t have the obesity epidemic we are dealing with currently. It’s gonna be tough, you are learning a new habit, just like riding a bike. Over time, the more you practice, the better you will get at it, until you do not really have to think about it (as much) and you are cruising down the street riding without holding onto the handles.
Maybe perhaps you are feeling discouraged because you are not seeing the results that you expected to. All the hard work and sacrifices you have made since the first of the year, and you barely see a noticeable difference. Often times, we expect drastic changes from our efforts, and often times we overlook the small changes that are happening inside us. You may not be 10 lbs. lighter like you had expected by now, but maybe you are sleeping better at night, have more energy throughout the day, have less back pain, or feel lighter on your feet. I want you to reevaluate where you started and where your journey has taken you thus far. I am sure you are a different person then you were when you started on your mission towards a healthier lifestyle.
I believe in the idea of do-overs, and clean slates. We are humans after all. We are going to screw up at some point, and that’s okay. What separates the strong from the weak, are the ones who get back up, forgive themselves and try again. This month I want you to practice the idea of clean slates. Whenever you do anything that deviates you from your ultimate fitness goals, acknowledge you screwed up and move on. The problem lies in not forgiving yourself, beating yourself up about it and quitting permanently. The longer you stay off the wagon, the harder it is to get motivated again.
Maybe you are someone who gets on the wagon, and falls off almost as quickly as when you got up, then you may need more accountability in your life. That’s when a coach is necessary. A coach will give you tasks that you can manage, hold you accountable, forgive you when you screw up, BUT the key is they make you get back on, and help keep you there for longer than you would do on your own. That is what delivers results. That is what will help you create a lifestyle change that you can stick to, just like riding a bike.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.