One of my favorite things as a trainer is when a client approaches me and says they are looking for a lifestyle change and NOT a quick fix. Yes, I can give quick fixes. But I would rather help and assist you in CHANGING YOUR LIFE!
But what does “Lifestyle Change” really mean? Are you REALLY prepared? Because making a “lifestyle change” really means “CHANGING YOUR LIFE”. Read that….then read it again.
Changing your life is no joke. It’s hard, there will be pitfalls and bumps in the road…but IT’S WORTH IT.
To be your healthiest, you have to make healthy choices MOST of the time. There’s no way around it. You need to exercise MOST days of the week. You need to choose healthy foods at MOST of your meals. You need to drink MOSTLY water and stay MOSTLY unstressed.
Changing your life may mean reducing triggers that cause you to make unhealthy choices. For example, happy hours, lunches with coworkers where you are constantly encouraged to stray off track, etc. may be big pitfalls to your health.
In the short term, these things seem like huge sacrifices and this is why most people give up and don’t follow through. Instant gratification can be a very tough thing to give up.
The key is to REMEMBER why you started to CHANGE YOUR LIFE in the first place. Do you want to be able to play with your kids without getting winded in just a few minutes? Do you want to be able to enjoy your grand kids? Are you combating diabetes, family history of heart disease or osteoporosis? Do you simply want to feel what it is to SUCCEED at something you decided to do??
DON’T GIVE UP. Make small changes in the short term to realize your goals in the long term. And I promise it will be worth it.