Schools are starting! If you have kids or if you’re a student yourself, you must have been or about to get busy with the back-to-school routine. You don’t like routine change, do you? It could throw off our highly calibrated workout schedule and potentially impact our clean diet plans. If you’re one of those who are negatively impacted by schedule changes, you must be thinking “how can I stay motivated when there are so many things going on in my life?”, “how do I find time to prepare my healthy meal when I have to be prepping the back-to-school stuff?”, “perhaps I should stop working out until things get settled?”.
If you’ve read my earlier posts “reasons of not losing weight“, you know where this is going. The next thing in your mind is to start finding more ways to make the schedule change an easy excuse for you to not working out and eating healthy. I’ve seen this way many times and you know it, too. For those of you who’re tired of finding excuses not to workout, have you tried my “7 ways to overcome workout laziness“? If so, do you find it useful? If not, why not?
Each and everyone of us are responsible for our fitness goal and no one else. While being your coach, I’m happy to personally help calibrate your diet and sharing workout advice. The key to putting all these good stuff into action and arriving at the desired fitness goal is ultimately yours.
I’ve posted the following before but I thought I should re-post in case you missed it.
Ask Yourself Why
The first question that I always ask when someone joined my team is “what pains you so much so that you’re now deciding to start your fitness journey?”
Ask yourself “why”. Why do it in the first place? Would you rather spend the next 50 – 90 days of your life to get in a great shape and adopt a much healthier and sustainable lifestyle OR do whatever you’ve been doing and lose control of your body and mind in a compounding manner? You knew it was going to get worse if you didn’t do anything about it. You knew you would end up regretting years or even months down the road. You knew it was time to start.
If I Can Do It, So Can You
Like tens of thousands of people who have succeeded, I’m just a human being who had been in the same situation as you are but I dug myself out of the hole. With what? COMMITMENT, of course! I had and still have tons of duties outside of the workouts — running errands, picking up/dropping off the kids at their many activities, volunteering at local community centers, and at least 8 hours at work. From time to time there were problems in life that I didn’t expect but just happened. I had to deal with those like anyone else.
Commitment is the Key
It’s not about staying excited. It’s not really about getting or staying motivated. It’s about making a commitment, and then promising yourself that no matter what, you’ll Just do it! Period! Excitement is good. Motivation is good. But if that’s all that has you working out and eating right, as soon as it fades you will fall right off the wagon. NEVER! Decide, COMMIT, Succeed!
You don’t want to look back in a few months and regret that you didn’t try harder because you didn’t feel like it, or because you sort of did it to “test it out” and see if miracle would happen. I can tell you right now that if you’re just sort of do it now and expect good results, you can just forget about it. You’ll just be wasting the next couple of months of your time and getting frustrated in the end because the lack of results. Some people even blamed that the workout didn’t work while tons of others have succeeded I’ve seen it way too many times.
The difference between success and failure boils down to COMMITMENT. The commitment of some is like fire while that of others is like river. When the former relies on external motivation and excitement to get going, their passion flares up like fire, but as time goes on, they tend to fade. To have commitment like flowing river means to do it continuously without ever regressing. Your commitment should be like the river, which might seem slow but steady and accountable.
Let’s Hear Your Excuse Again
There is no substitute for setting goals, and committing to doing the right thing. Confessing to me won’t do it. Trying to work twice as hard the next day won’t do it. Doing extra cardio to make up for it won’t do it. You are better than coming up with excuses. DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, EVERY TIME!
Excuses? Let’s hear yours again!