I saw a post on a friends social media account last week that read:
Training is hard.
Being sedentary is hard.
Being disciplined is hard.
Being lazy is hard.
Taking control of your life is hard.
Letting others control your life is hard.
Choose your hard.
It stood out to me and I found the message to be accurate. So I want to unpack this today in hopes that it encourages you in your fitness journey.
I have learned that perspective is such a big part of sticking to a plan that intends to make you healthy. Whether is be nutrition or fitness based. How you view what is being asked of you matters and will determine adherence.
I was overweight for the better part of my adolescence and teenage years. Fast food and soft drinks were staples in my daily life in those years. This led me to being 242 pounds and feeling disgusted with myself. This was hard.
Fast forward three months and I had lost 40 pounds as I was about to graduate high school.
How did I do it? Two things:
- Ran two miles 3-4 days per week
- Cut out soft drinks entirely
That’s it. If I’m honest it was much harder being overweight than the work it required to lose the weight. Although the running was hard it was harder for me to stay in the same place physically. I needed change. I was done being fat and out of shape.
Looking back at this time of my life it seems like so long ago but at the same time like it was just the other day. It was the catalyst to my fitness journey. I am writing this message today because of that season of my life.
The discipline that has come from that experience now makes working out and eliminating unhealthy foods easier. I am simply on a new phase of that experience. Some could call it hard but for me it was harder to remain fat than what I do now.
You must prove to yourself that you can do it. You are choosing what is hard for you. Re-write your script and make changes in your life that align with where you want to be in five, ten and twenty years down the road. Hard is happening in your life but you are letting it happen. Take full responsibility and move in a direction that leads you to the life you want.