I am human. I have gone through long periods of time where my fitness has regressed to the point that it drives me into a state of depression. My binge eating disorder takes over and pushes me into a negative feedback cycle of emotional eating and unhappiness with both my internal and external self. Sometimes it feels like I’m falling into a black hole with nothing to grab onto to pull myself out of. I think you know what I’m talking about.
Fortunately, I have always been able to find a way to rekindle that lost drive for fitness, and I hope my own personal experiences can not only help you, the person who has also lost their motivation, but also the person who is testing the fitness waters for the very first time.
Fitness Is About YOU
One of the biggest mistakes I continually make is trying to stay fit for everyone else but me. It’s difficult for someone like myself who’s job is to coach and inspire individuals to live a healthy lifestyle. However, to truly be successful for the long-term, you have to get it out of your head that fitness is an external activity, and instead come to the realization that fitness is an inner happiness that only you can control and be part of.
Once you understand that you are the owner of your body, mind, and spirit, and that nobody else’s opinion of you in this world matters, you take a giant leap forward in the evolution of your fitness being. No longer will you be shackled by the negativity of insecurity, or the outside pressures from family, friends, strangers, or society in general. It’s just you against you, and that’s the way it should be. Striving to be a better you is all that matters.
It Only Takes One Small Change
By now I’m sure you’ve heard that small changes can make a big difference. We are creatures of habit, and destructive behaviors can very easily get rooted into our daily lifestyles. Sometimes it seems impossible to see that end goal through the thick fog of negative feelings. The good news is that you don’t need to see the end, you only have to take that first step.
Creating change and breaking old habits is a difficult thing to do. The key is to do something different, anything that’s outside of your normal routine that will take you one small step closer to your goal. You might just be surprised at how big of an impact these small changes can make. A new thought or positive habit can set off a firestorm of activity in your brain that translates into a physical snowball effect.
You never know what’s going to be that driving force that changes your life, but I can assure you that if you do nothing, nothing will ever change. Every physical manifestation in this world started as a single thought. Take that thought and make it an action and then go with the flow. You never know how it might change your life, forever.