Taking The First Step
Taking that first step is always the hardest part. The biggest question is; What is it going to take for you to take that first step?
You’ve got to find your motivation.
Is it seeing that person who has a disability continue to push forward and do things you think would never be impossible? Is it seeing that single mom who’s been trying to make it, yet still makes the time for herself to show her kids that nothing is impossible? Is it watching someone severely overweight overcome their fears and lose 100+ pounds?
All these things sound pretty incredible.
So what is holding you back?
When it comes to your health, and fitness goals you need to first think about what’s holding you back. What are the excuses you use to keep you from getting to where you want to be?
Write them down and then recognize them for what they are. Are these excuses actually a VALID reason for you to back down on your goals? My guess is that most, if not all of them, are not.
Many of us use excuses to stop us from living our best lives. Oftentimes not even realizing we aren’t living our best lives. From scheduling issues...”I can’t because my schedule is too busy to get to the gym” to “I don’t have time to meal prep”. Hear me when I say this... If it is important to you, you will find the time. It could mean you get 30 minutes less sleep at night. It might mean you work out on your lunch break. Maybe it means you take time out of your “rest day” to get it done.
The truth is, it doesn’t matter what your excuses are, they will only hinder you from getting to where you want to be. Your excuses are what’s holding you back from being the best version of yourself.
I love this quote. “Where there’s a will, there’a way”
That's just a fact. When you’re tired of disappointing yourself enough, you will find time to change your life. It won’t always be easy, but I can tell you with the right people in your corner it will always be worthwhile.
Nobody should want this more than you do.
Your journey of growth is yours, and yours alone. Figure out what makes you excited. Figure out your “why”. Why do you want to start in the first place? For many, it’s their kids. Showing, not telling, their kids that health and fitness is an important part of life. Taking care of your body is something to strive for. Lead by example. Be someone your kids look up to. For others, maybe it’s your mental health. Maybe you find yourself falling into a depression because of your weight. You constantly think about where your body “used to be”… or where your body “should” be. Maybe the food you're eating is causing you to have “brain fog”. These are all real reasons why people get started.
Write your reasons and goals down... you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. So write them down and then post them somewhere that you will see it every morning.
Once your goals and your “whys” are written down, it’s time to figure out what is going to actually keep you motivated. Everyone needs something different when it comes to motivation.. You need to find your “thing”. For example, maybe your thing is group classes, and finding friends for accountability. For someone else it might be the peace, serenity, and happiness of going for a run outside. Maybe your thing is growing your muscles in a gym, or working toward a big goal like a competition.
Do whatever it takes for you to take that first step, and don’t let yourself, your excuses, or an insecurity get in your way.....Period. You will have hard days, hell, maybe even weeks, but the important thing is to never let yourself quit. Don’t let your excuses become your reality.
You are better than that. Prioritizing YOU is important. Make being healthy a priority. Do what you must to make it part of your daily routine. Go to the grocery store and cook at home instead of eating out. Make extra when you make yourself dinner so you can have lunch for a couple days. Meal prep whatever meal is the hardest for you or the one that will send you out for fast food.
Block out a half hour, or gasp, an hour to get a good workout in. Ask yourself this... “how long do you sit and scroll on your phone or computer throughout the day? How long do you sit and watch TV? What’s more important? Those tv shows? Those IG/FB post’s, or your health?
At the end of the day, we all have something or someone that gives us motivation, that little punch in the gut, or the whisper in your ear to do better... Don’t ignore them. You owe it to yourself to strive to be the best version of you. We aren't put on this earth to live in mediocrity. Just take that step, take that leap of faith. Ask for help. That’s why we’re here. We want to help you figure out an answer. We are built around helping people just like you get and stay motivated and determined. Your “why” is begging you to take that first step.