Picture the scene. It’s January. You’ve been munching the salted peanuts and After Eights like they’re going out of business, not to mention overdoing it on nights out with your friends.
Then comes the moment everyone dreads – stepping on the scales. Needless to say, the result tends to be an impassioned New Year’s resolution – to cut the booze, avoid the crisps and hit the gym.
Best Intentions…Worst Scenario?
So what goes wrong? You’ve started your fitness regime with real determination, ready to shred the love handles and get your abs back to their former glory. But along the way, something happens. You become demotivated. The sofa starts to look more appealing. Plus, there’s that TV series you wanted to watch, not to mention that nice new pub that’s just opened in town…
Before you know it, your good intentions have vanished in a puff of smoke. And that, my friends, is the slippery slope. Not good. Not good at all.
All in the Mind
I call this trap the ‘all or nothing’ curse. It’s when you set yourself a one-time goal (often something completely unachievable) and become despondent when you don’t see immediate results.
Weight loss and fitness isn’t a one-time thing. It’s a way of life. Fitness should come as naturally as breathing. In short, it shouldn’t be seen as something you work at from time to time, for short-term results. It should be something you’re always practicing, to be the healthiest, fittest person you can be. No compromise.
Changing the Way You Think
Instead of setting yourself some half-assed resolution that you’re not going to stick to, take this approach instead.
- Take responsibility. It’s your body – no-one else’s. You own it, and it’s your responsibility to make sure it’s in shape. You wouldn’t pour sub-standard petrol into your car and expect it to run well – so don’t pour rubbish into your own body! Let’s face it; a car lasts around ten years – your body has to last a lifetime.
- Break your goals down. It’s time to ditch those unobtainable, fluffy goals. Set yourself something tangible, such as losing two pounds a week or doing three gym sessions. Monitor your performance in a book – it’ll help you stay motivated.
- Don’t lie to yourself. It’s easy to convince ourselves we’re working hard at getting fit, when in fact, we’re not. That half hour you just did down the gym? You spent fifteen minutes of it walking slowly on the running machine. That doesn’t count, sorry! That packet of crisps you finished off at work? You might have forgotten you ate them, but your body didn’t. Keep it real and don’t try to trick yourself.
If you’re finding it hard to stay focused on your fitness regime, don’t beat yourself up about it. It can happen from time to time, and the important thing is to keep on trying. If you need some help, check out these online fitness programmes – designed to whip you into shape, without letting you quit.