Seriously, you’re not going to do anything that you don’t want to do. So let’s not pretend you’re excited about going on a diet and starting to exercise if you’re not. Before you start any kind of diet and exercise program, it’s important to start with a little honesty. Otherwise, everything you do, going forward, is on shaky ground. Not a good place to start.
Simple Steps to a Swimsuit Body
Ah…nope. That’s not what this is about. And if that’s the only reason you’re reading this, you may as well move along. The absolute best reason in the known universe to start eating better and exercising is for the long-term health benefits. But don’t freak out here, there are short-term benefits and one of them is losing weight. I’ll talk about that in this series but our priority is to establish a reason for getting healthy other than just because of swimsuit season. The more solid the reason for starting, the more likely you’ll stick with it. So this is very important.
Some Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle
- You’ll lose weight
- You’ll be able to keep the weight off!
- You won’t feel groggy and foggy all day
- You’ll have a sharper mind
- You’ll be more relaxed and less stressed
- You’ll have fewer health-related issues
- You’ll feel remarkable (seriously!)
- You’ll look younger and healthier
- You’ll eliminate or slow down age-related health issues
- You can make it more than 4 hours without a nap
- You’ll be in a better mood and feel happier
- You’ll be better able to cope with challenges
- You’ll be more enthusiastic and assertive
- You’ll feel like you’re more in control of your life
- A gazillion other reasons
Why You Shouldn’t Diet and Exercise
This partial list of benefits is a small (very small) fraction of the tremendous benefits we could see in our lives as a result of adopting a healthy style of eating and a routine of effective exercise. But I have some bad news for you, I’m not here to talk you into wanting to start a diet. I’m also not going to convince you that you should start exercising 3-7 days per week.
Sometimes you have to start by breaking some rules. So I’m here to tell you that if you don’t want to diet and exercise, then don’t. That’s right, just don’t do it. I know that’s completely the opposite of what the all the health experts are telling you, but I have a simple reason why I’m saying this. It’s easier to motivate someone who wants to do something than someone who doesn’t. This series is to help motivate those who have repeatedly tried and failed to keep eating healthy foods and continue exercising, the two key components of losing weight.
There are far too many people who start a new diet and get exercising every day but really don’t want to and the results are always bad. I’m not suggesting you give in to all the unhealthy foods and eat your weight in doughnuts. I’m not suggesting that you never again exert yourself more than pushing a button on the T.V. remote control. But I want to help those of you who actually do want to feel better, look better, reach your perfect weight and be able to walk a single flight of steps without calling 911.
But I Really Do…I Want to Lose Weight!
Look, this is your call. If you want to lose weight, you’ve come to the right place at the right time. Having a strong desire is a great way to start. But you’ve got to prioritize your life in a way that works for you while increasing the leverage you need to get around the obstacles you keep running into. If you feel tired, fatigued, stressed, bloated, and just plain miserable because of your junk-food diet and couch-potato ways, then you have two choices:
- Keep eating junk food and getting no exercise and continue feeling miserable (in other words, insanity!)
- Knock it off! …and change your ways!
So if you’re still reading, I’m going to assume that you really, really, actually, honestly, and truly DO want to not only feel healthy again, but look terrific and get your groove back. If you want to get motivated, you’re going to need something to get you started. I consider desire a prerequisite for motivation. So if you’re looking for motivation to lose weight and exercise; motivation to tackle that diet and dominate that treadmill, you’ve got to want it first! You’ve got to be ready to meet all obstacles head on, with conviction. So be honest with yourself and ask yourself these questions:
So if you’ve answered both questions with a “yes”, then you’re ready for the next step. So for the next article, I’m going to start to give you a better sense of where you are going and how you’re going to get there. I’m going to help you understand why you get stuck and how to deal with it.
Stick around, friends, we’re just getting warmed up…