Quit looking for that Easy Button
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Let's be honest. It is easier to stay overweight and/or be out of shape than it is to be healthy and fit. It is easier to buy and eat junk food than it is healthy food - after all, it is EVERYWHERE! The candy bowl is right next to the printer at work. The drive through is on the way home after a crazy day. It is also easier to sit around and do nothing than it is to get out and go to the gym. After all, your husband is already sitting on the couch - why not go snuggle with him instead? Besides... it is cold outside!
It is hard to change your behavior. One would think that after we have gone through the standard "it takes 30 days to build a habit" phase, it would become easy, right? I hate to break the news to you, but it is not. Most of us here have ridden the weight roller coaster many times. Every time we take opt for the easy road, it starts a downward spiral that has us back in those old habits that got us here to begin with. Sometimes you are taking the easy road without even realizing it. You get yourself to the gym, but do you give it 100%? Or are you just going through the motions? Could you push yourself more? Yes, you are putting in the time... but are you really putting in the effort to make changes?
I made a commitment to myself to become healthy and fit 2 1/2 years ago. It is a commitment that I have to renew with myself every day. Every. Single. Day. I am always faced with new challenges. My mind is always coming up with new excuses. When I give in to these excuses and challenges, I find myself back going back to those old routines. I realized a few weeks ago, that these demons are something I will have to deal with the rest of my life. It is kind of depressing - this will never be easy for me! The candy bowl will always be calling my name. The couch and TV will always whine when I don't spend enough time with them. I am always going to have to constantly push myself in the gym because I am lazy by nature...
Is losing weight easy? Hell no! Is it worth it? Absolutely 100%!