Guess what? You’re not alone.
Every year millions of people make the resolution to lose weight and get the body they have always dreamed of. After a month or two, they quit. The following year, they start all over again with the same resolution and they quit again. This vicious cycle never ends.
What most people don’t realize is that they are no different on December 28th. They are the same person on January 1st. The date has changed but the person is the same. Their habits and mindset are the same. As a result they keep quitting on themselves and starting over and over.
Enough is enough! It’s time to stop being sick and tired of being sick and tired.
It doesn’t matter if today is April 26th. Do you want the body you’ve always dreamed of? Then you start today. The date absolutely does not matter.
Next up, the mindset needs to be changed. You absolutely must be aware that you are in for one of the toughest journeys in your life. To get fit, healthy, slim, washboard abs, etc. is not easy.
It will require effort, sacrifice, patience, sweat equity, discipline and it’s going to be a roller coaster emotional ride. The key here is to celebrate your small successes and stick it out even when you do not see results despite your efforts. Sometimes your body reaches a plateau.
The body is taking time to adapt and change. So many people quit during this phase because they feel like their efforts are not bearing fruit. You have to wait. It takes time for the seed to grow into a tree and bear fruit.
You must keep going. You will not have to start over if you don’t quit. Always remember that this is not easy. If it was, everybody would be walking around with bodies like the models from Abercrombie and Fitch. You must go through the hard yards.
If you want something you’ve never had, then you must do something you’ve never done. In this case, it is to keep going. Like Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going”.
The fitness journey is hell. It really is. Forget the hype and glam that the magazines portray. It’s not easy. It will take time. Depending on your present physical condition, it may take a long time. If you’re 40 pounds overweight, it may take you almost a year to lose all that excess flab.
But guess what? Once you’re done, you’re done. It’s the transformation that is so tiring. Maintaining a fit body is much easier. This is the place you want to be at. You’re getting there. You just have to keep going.
Will you stick it out till you get there? Or will you give up and wait for the next New Year’s Day to make another resolution?
Enough is enough. You can do it but you absolutely must stay positive and keep going. One step at a time. There will be times when despite your best efforts, the results are abysmal. It’s at times like these that you look back at how far you have come.
That is why you should always take photos every week or so. Have a fitness journal to track your progress. On days when you’re emotionally drained, look back at your progress. That will inspire you to keep going. If you have come this far, you can go further.
You may not always get what you wish for but you will always get exactly what you train for. Train hard, be positive and keep on keeping on. That’s what winning is all about.