I’m still riding high after finishing my first triathlon! I am totally hooked and it got me thinking.
As I was setting up the day of the race I took extra time to look at those around me. They were all shapes and sizes, men, women, and the youngest participant was 12. This got me thinking why aren’t more people trying new things everyday? My best guess … Fear.
I know fear can be an enormous thing to overcome. But what if you started today? What if you just did something different than normal today? What if you just made a small adjustment in your routine today?
What if you decided to try the salad instead of the same old sandwich? What if you left a little bit on your plate instead of eating way past full?
What if you parked further and walked in? What if you ran? What if you signed up for that race? Or told your best friend you were going to become more healthy … and mean it?
The destinations are endless and you are the driver. Try something new today.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it happen. You can and why not start today.
Change is hard. It is very hard. The truth is, changing is harder than staying the same, regardless of how I might beat myself up for failing to change. It is easier to continue smoking, eating poorly, or being sedentary even when I know these things are bad for me. Our food choices are based on their ability to fuel our bodies, release “feel good” hormones, and satisfy us, and we seek out activities that provide us pleasure. Pleasure is a personal choice which may not have anything to do with what is best for us.
If you are going to make a change in your life you have to be ready for discomfort – at least for a short while. In the beginning it will seem easier to go with your old routine rather than try a different activity. It will also feel better (comfortable) to stick to the old. Starting something new usually requires a little risk, a little uncertainty, and a little discomfort. The key is to be ready for this discomfort and accept it. Deal with it and use it to your advantage.
Many people come to me and say, “ I want to weigh…”, I always ask why. This usually frustrates the client and their response is something like, because that’s what I should weigh or what I did weigh. What I would like all of you to know is…stop using weight as the ultimate measure of your success. Get off the scale!
How then, you say, am I supposed to know how I am doing? The best way is to ask yourself:
Do your clothes fit better
Have I lost inches
Do I feel better
Is my stress level down
Am I sleeping better
Do I have more energy
All of these will be great indicators of your commitment and your success. However, if you’d like more feedback on your fitness and your progress, its more effective to measure body fat.
See the blog posts on What is Body Fat and When to Weigh In for more information on this fitness component.