Before 8am on Monday morning, I had heard similar stories from three clients. They all said their weekend was a write-off – they indulged in the good things, fell off the wagon, and didn’t exercise once. Now that it was Monday, they were starting afresh… they had to be extra good this week, work extra hard in gym, starve themselves, and swear off carbs and alcohol – as if this were punishment for enjoying their weekends
If you’re nodding your head, you’re probably also thinking: “Until the weekend comes around again and then we’ll be back in the same cycle of self sabotage and destructive behaviour”. I know this because it’s a story I often tell myself.
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
But guess what? Your ass is not going to double in size over a weekend and it definitely isn’t going to “pay you back” for letting loose and enjoying yourself every now and then. How boring would life be if we didn’t do these things? Chances are, you’re just retaining water and if you drink more water (oh, the irony) and eat whole wholesome foods, things will be back to normal in two or three days.
We need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves to look a certain way, to fit in, or to be cool. Rather, we should focus on just being healthy and making the right decisions for our bodies and goals at least 80% of the time. It’s getting colder now, so it will be more tempting to stay on the couch with pasta and hot chocolate than to go to the gym and eat salad, but try to do it more often than you don’t.
You’ll come up with a ton of excuses not to exercise, like (to be taken with a pinch of salt:
I don’t have time;
Gym clothes make the washing pile bigger;
My feet are going to smell and I’m going to bump into sweaty people who’ll want a hug;
The instructor is going to shout at me;
Pasta and hot chocolate.
Just as bad as excuses notto exercise are the lies we tell ourselves to get out butts to gym, like:
My partner likes me better when I’m thin;
Society says I need to look a certain way;
I’m too fat;
I have to do it because everyone else is doing it;
All my friends look better than me.
No. Stop. Just stop.
Exercising should never feel like a chore, or something you have to do to make other people happy or like you. Exercising is about you. How it makes you feel about yourself and what goals you’ve set for yourself.
Here are some good reasons to exercise:
I want to live a healthier lifestyle so that I have more energy to play with my kids;
I want to increase my longevity and live longer;
I want to compete in a certain sport;
I want to get stronger;
I want to reduce my stress levels;
I want to be free from anxiety and depression;
I want to better manage an illness, like fibromyalgia
I want to improve my concentration and focus;
I want to be more mobile.
These are great motivators to get up, get out, and move your body. Repeat them to yourself; print them out and stick them up;
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