As a personal trainer, I have heard all the excuses for people not allowing themselves to get into shape. I have heard all the crazy excuses like “but it’s my 2nd cousin’s birthday”, or “I messed up at the beginning of the week, so I decided I may as well start fresh next week”, or the best one yet, “because I have been working out so much, I thought it wouldn’t matter if I let my diet slide for a few month because my fast metabolism from all the muscle should burn all the bad calories. I thought”. Now that is a mouth full!
Its time to shape up your attitude! If your head is not in the right spot, you will never allow yourself to reach your fitness and weight loss goals. There are many people out there that have bad food cravings which they give in to on a daily basis, or they emotionally eat instead of getting off the couch and going for a walk. There are also others who just don’t care because they are in such a bad spot in general that they are allowing their lives to spin out of control.
There are a few steps to take to help “shape up” your mind to prepare yourself for health and fitness.
Think about what is really upsetting you
If you are upset about work, friends, or your spouse, take a step back and think about how to work the situation out before emotionally eating. Nothing is worse then making yourself feel even more upset because you sabotaged your goals with food in a way to cope with your emotions. If you actually think you need to talk to someone about your problems, do not be afraid to do so.
Learn to control your cravings
Ask yourself “do I really need that chocolate bar? What will I get out of eating that pint of ice cream besides regret and self-loathing?” When I am craving something that is not good for me, I sit back and think about if the extra calories is really worth it, and I think about how it really tastes. Usually I remember that the food doesn’t taste as good as I think, and I rather eat something healthy that tastes great. Eating something you crave then regretting it afterwards because it didn’t taste good is never worth the extra calories and the feeling of guilt.
Put health first
I have a problem thinking about some of the foods that are out there for anyone to eat. A 1000 calorie burger and fries never seems appealing to me because of the saturated fat, sodium and overall heart-clogging affects of the foods. I always picture in my mind what these foods could do to my body if I allow myself to eat this way every day. There are many things in life that we all want to do and experience, and we cannot do these things if we sacrifice health for poor food choices everyday. The risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other illnesses are not worth messing up our lives. Also think about your family and how tragic it would be for them to lose you at a young age because you had such an unhealthy lifestyle of fast food and no exercise.
I rather live longer then sacrifice my health for poor choices in food.
You don’t need a gym to get into shape
Many people despise the gym, but the good thing is a gym is not necessary to get into shape. The nice weather is here and the possiblilities are endless! Go for more walks, hikes, start running outdoors, play with your children in the park, make a date with your friends and make up your own outdoor workouts, play frisbee, soccer, baseball, I can go on and on! Take advantage of mother nature, it is wonderful out there. There is no excuse not to! There is always the option to workout at home too, and there are many videos and programs you can find for free on the internet.
Stop blaming others for your actions
When it comes down to it, you need to take responsibility for your own actions. Many people like to put the blame on to others, like their spouses or their family, but you are the one to blame. You are the one who is responsible for what you eat, and how you treat yourself. You cannot blame someone else for you pigging out on a plate of nachos at a party because it was on the table. Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables and protein, and if you must, take a few bites for a taste and avoid pigging out. If your husband brings home pizza when you are trying to lose weight, tell him to keep it away from you! Explain your goals and kindly express the way you feel about the food that he brings in to your home. If you are at a family gathering, eat the healthy foods. You don’t owe anyone an explaination as to why you choose salad over pasta or fruit over cake or sparkling water over a beer. You are the one in control of your life, so control it!
No more excuses! If you want to change your life and your health, do it! No one can do it for you. Get your head in the right space and realize what you are doing to yourself before you sabotage yourself more. Its never too late to make a change for the better, and no one ever regretted getting healthy and fit. Keep that in mind next time you want to sit on the couch with your bag of chips!