Have you ever told yourself, “I’m going to start my healthy lifestyle on Monday?” And sure enough when Monday rolls around something in life happens that throws you even the slightest off your mindset and triggers you to say, “I’ll start tomorrow.” Before you know it its one week, one month, one year or maybe one decade later and you still have yet to get started on your healthy lifestyle. On the other hand, maybe you did start on that Monday you planned and things are going great for about 10 days. That is until your friend invites you out for happy hour which causes a domino effect of binge eating and drinking for the next few days and now you can’t seem to snap yourself out of it. You think to yourself, “How do these other people do it? Eat healthy, go to the gym everyday? I just can’t stay motivated!”
Well I’m about to let you in on a little secret. Motivation doesn’t exist! – Well at least not when you need it that is. Do you think that big buff guy you see at work all the time is motivated to go to the gym everyday? Absolutely not. Do you think I’m motivated to workout everyday? Definitely not! There are days when I’d rather lay on my couch and veg out, I do it because I know I’ll be much more satisfied when I’m finished. I feel better once I’ve completed my workout, I feel better knowing I am closer to getting the body I’ve always wanted and more importantly I feel better that I’ve now earned my starchy carbs. Now don’t get me wrong, I definitely enjoy working out, but I don’t enjoy it every time. You see if we always waited to feel motivated to go to the gym we would probably only workout once a month, if that. And when was the last time you heard of anybody getting the results they wanted with working out once a month?
Now ask yourself this, What are some things you do in every everyday life that you don’t feel like doing? Maybe it’s waking up for work in the morning, paying utility bills or cleaning the dishes. So why do you do it? Well maybe you wake up for work in the morning because you need to make a living or enjoy buying new clothes, maybe you pay your bills because living without electricity would be pretty challenging, and maybe you clean the pile of dishes in the sink so you can enjoy eating with clean flatware and utensils. The point that I’m trying to make is that you complete these tasks in your day to day life because you simply have to. You know that the benefit of completing these tasks is necessary. Regardless of whether you feel like doing it or not, you’re aware of the benefits and you just do it. Believe it or not, exercise and healthy choices should be on that list. Whether your goal is to lower your cholesterol, kick your diabetes, improve your energy or maybe regain your confidence and have the body you’ve always dreamt of, you’re never going to get there if
You can accomplish it all with one simple concept. I stole this little trick from my girl Mel Robbins, it’s called the 5-Second Rule. I started teaching it to all my clients and it has completely changed their mindset on exercise. You simply count down 5-4-3-2-1 and before you can talk yourself out of going to the gym, you grab your gym bag and move. We know it’s good for us, we know it is the key to longevity, and we know we’ll feel better afterwards. Consistency is the key to getting into shape. You don’t have to have a kickass workout every time you go, you just have to show up!
The hardest part is starting, once you’re there, its not so bad.