No. Absolutely not.
But then why do most people fail in their journey to get healthy? Be it losing weight, shedding fat, stopping bad nutritional habits, or letting go of their exercise routine.
Everyone starts super strong, is massively motivated, goes nuts, but then crashes hard. Why?
Well, there’s many reasons to this, but most people fail because of the following reasons:
NOT HAVING SPECIFIC GOALS
That’s right. “I’ll exercise more” or “I’ll eat healthy moving forward” is not a specific goal. “I’ll walk for 20 minutes a day” or “I’ll eat a salad with protein for lunch 5 days a week” is a specific actionable goal.
Ever heard of SMART goals? It stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Use this as a goal setting standard. Example: “I’ll drink 2 cups of water before I sleep , everyday, for the next 90 days,”
I want a six-pack like that dude in 3 months isn’t a long-term goal – it’s a wish.
DOING IT FOR THE WRONG REASONS – FEAR
To create a habit, it’s shown that positive thinking and motivation keeps you longer in the game, as opposed to starting something from a negative frame of mind.
Example of a positive motivation: “Having a healthy lifestyle will lead me to better a frame of mind, will make me feel good physically, and as a byproduct impact other areas in my life as well.”
Example of negative thinking: “I need to eat better, start exercising. Otherwise, it’s an impending heart attack.”
Motivation gets you started. But habits are what leads to consistency. If you’re looking at cutting calories, being practical means surrounding yourself with the right people, having the right kinds of food around you, and supporting all that with the lifestyle that works toward that singular goal.
If you’re cutting calories and there’s a whole heap of junk food in your cupboard, it’s a no-brainer – you will succumb, you will crash. If you’re surrounding yourself with people who don’t support these goals, it’s probably time to get other friends.
THINKING I’VE FUCKED UP. THIS ISN’T FOR ME.
Chill. Everyone falls down. They break. We all do. But what matters is how we stand up, dust ourselves, and restart.
This thought of “I’ve fucked up, might as well junk out today, and start again tomorrow” is poisonous. Most dieters go through this and before they know it, they’re at a worse place than when they started.
No, homie. What you should do is to acknowledge the fuck up and move forward. It’s not a disaster, it’s just a small bump in the road.
When you have a flat tyre, what do you do? Instead of stopping, changing the tyre, and then moving on , do you think “I’ve fucked one tyre, might as well slash all the others and start again tomorrow.”
No, you don’t.
THINKING IT’S EASY
Ahhh. Don’t let those magazines fool you. This shit is hard. Everyone has their own journey. Just because some Fat Joe lost 100lbs in 3 months , doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same for you.
This, as i’m sure you know, is not a one-time event. Change is long-term, it’s a process, a marathon. It’s easier even if you follow it as a daily habit – even a small bit for a day.
Fat Joe and every other person you possibly want to emulate (or inspires you) went through their journey. We don’t know how it was for them. It could have been easy, or could have been super hard.
But all you can do, honestly, is to go through your journey every single day, one step at a time. Then, before you know it, you’ll be the one inspiring others.