It’s not urgent or rapid. I think a big mistake people make is convincing themselves that just because they started a lifestyle change, they should expect to see results in a month. And they forget that a day doesn’t change anything. If you’re committed to a meal plan or workout schedule- and you fuck it up for a day, a week- it doesn’t matter. There is always more time. You didn’t ruin your healthy lifestyle just because you ate shitty food for a few days. It’s never too late to get back on track and jump back into things.
Push yourself hard- if it’s arms day, work until you can’t lift your arms up. There is no more satisfying feeling than knowing you kicked your ass and went hard. And then waking up the next morning and stretching as you get out of bed and letting your body remind you you worked hard. It’s satisfying and rewarding and personally the only form of motivation that stays. Because motivation is fleeting- but this experience can be recreated every day, and is a constant reminder of your strength. It’s easy to fall in love with. It’s like having a friend who spontaneously reminds you how hard you pushed, how strong you are, how much you challenged yourself.
Everyone’s fitness and health journey begins somewhere different. If you go to the gym and see guys benching 8 plates, and you can hardly rep the bar alone- it doesn’t matter. Again, that takes time. Be patient with yourself, and understand that change is a slow process and it’s all about developing the little habits, and finding the most organic ways to incorporate better health into your life. Don’t force yourself to hit the gym every day if you hate it- but if you’re going to a friends house- bike or jog or walk instead of driving. Get a water instead of a coke. Put blueberries on your cereal instead of sugar.
Don’t deprive yourself. I am a gym rat, no doubt about it. But I still enjoy the sweet foods I like. I still do lazy things from time to time. Because the way to incorporate health isn’t as one dimensional as exercise, diet, lots of water, all organic, no sugar nonsense. It’s about finding a balance and what works for you. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, let that be your strength and let your health changes come from the ease of that. My strength is that I’m very disciplined and I love the gym and weight training- so in that way it’s no problem for me to spend 2h at the gym pumping iron and getting swole. I’m joking but not really- and then since I do have a raging sweet tooth- I’ll still have a bag of chocolate covered raisins after dinner, or a biscotti with my coffee, or ice cream if I’m feeling like it. And it’s no problem because I eat well 80% of the time, and I feel great. And since I use my muscles every day- I don’t feel bad about indulging in the things I enjoy.
I think I was asked this not too long ago- so I’m sorry if there is some overlap. Hope this is along the lines of whatever you were looking for x
“Wake up early. Drink coffee. Work hard. Be ambitious. Keep your priorities straight, your mind right and your head up. Do well, live well and dress really well. Do what you love, love what you do. It is time to start living.”—Thank you for the reminder. Needed to read this. (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)