You had an extra glass of bubbles with your meal, followed by an indulgent cocktail. You said yes to dessert a few too many times. At the beach it was hello sausages and beer, followed by lazy days in the sun, and since you really didn’t feel like cooking, takeaways made a regular appearance. Yes the holiday season is full of indulgence and merriment, but many of us draw the good times out long into January. Before you know it, trying to pull on your skinny jeans is like trying to shove an egg through the eye of a needle, it’s not going to happen unless something cracks.
Sound familiar? It should if you’re one of the millions of people who find themselves unsatisfied with their excess body weight or sluggish physical condition at the turn of the calendar. We’ve all been there, and even if you haven’t settled on your resolutions for this year, now is still an excellent time to get moving.
The best place to start is now. Yes today. If you’re reading this, then it means you’re ready to start making changes, so first things first, get a pen and start planning. Write down what you would like to achieve and then positively affirm that you can achieve it.
Many of us fail immediately simply because we know what we want, but we don’t actually believe it will ever happen. Well it can happen, you can make it happen. The little voice in the back of your head that said you can’t do this is a liar. Sometimes you have to fall before you can fly, so don’t let past attempts put you off your new endeavour, because this time it’s your time to fly. Strength doesn’t come from things you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn’t achieve, so firstly resolve to become strong, in mind and in body.
Remind yourself that it will be hard, but it will be worth it. It may be tough to reach the top of a mountain, but the view from the top is worth it. Your new life will be worth it.
Now that you are in the right frame of mind, plan how you are going to tackle your two biggest threats to your success, food and fitness. No matter your condition, the best place you can start is by going to the gym or an exercise institution. Nothing beats the expert advice given and the continual monitoring and motivational support they can offer.
Remember to treat yourself along your journey. Not with food, but with real rewards. Maybe a new drink bottle next week, or a manicure. A new work-out outfit and new shoes. A new blender to make delicious smoothies. Rewarding yourself with tools that will help you succeed is far more satisfying than any food could ever be.
There will be challenges along the way, but when you feel like quitting, just remember exactly why you started in the first place. When temptation comes along, after work drinks, a party or even just the glorious smell as you pass a restaurant on the way home, remember not to give up what you want the most just for what you want now.
It’s never too late to become what you might have been.
You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face. So go and grab that towel and make a start, one foot after the other.