***I've decided to start a series called Motivation Mondays that will be dedicated to fitness inspiration... or something to that effect***
too many times, people quit even before they start.
"it's too hard". "i don't have time". "i don't know what to do". "i've tried before and it never worked".
these are all things i've heard people tell me but to be honest, they're all excuses. every last one of them.
i should know, because i've said them before.
weight loss/fitness is WORK. hard fucking work. anyone who has hit their goals or working on them right now will tell you this.
don't know what to do? research. that's what the internet is for. ask those who are into fitness or in the industry. people aren't born with fitness knowledge; they learn it.
don't have time? what about the time you spend on the phone, on the computer, lying around watching tv? make the time: take half the time you spend doing those things and workout instead.
you've tried before and it didn't work? how hard did you really try? did you really work hard to clean up your diet and make time to exercise on a regular basis? if you only did a half-assed job, ate like crap and sort of worked out or didn't even bother changing your diet, then you didn't try hard enough. fitness is about learning what works for you; it's about dedication and putting in the time to figure out what are good foods to eat and what exercises are best to achieve your goal(s).
another big reason why people find fitness daunting is the challenge. they look at themselves and all the work they need to do and immediately plant that seed in their head; that self-fulfilling prophecy that "they can't do it". they've in fact, quit before they started. they also look around and see fit people at the gym (or running or walking around) and feel worse about themselves or feel embarassed to be working out near them.
what they don't seem to realize is that those people - their bodies - were not born that way; they were made through months/years of hard work, discipline and dedication to proper nutrition and exercise.
muscles are made.
fat is created through a bad diet but eliminated through a clean one.
everyone, even the fittest athletes, started out at point zero; where their muscles were weak and their cardio endurance was nil.
they trained hard, ate well and created a discipline that only athletes and those truly into fitness have. they have the bodies and fitness level to prove it.
so when you start living healthy lifestyle whether you're a newbie or a veteran, remember that everyone has/had a point zero.
remember that while you may have trouble with that weight or cardio program today, you're a lot better and farther than you were yesterday.
remember that with every clean morsel of food you put in your mouth, your body is gobbling it all up and doing wonderful things internally that externally, you may not see just yet.
we all have a point zero; the question is, do you want to stay there?