We all know that 80-90% of diets fail. So how can your nutrition not be a “diet” but a lifestyle change that is sustainable, enjoyable and rewarding?
We have all had temporary success with diets and exercise, but if you’re miserable in the process, and it’s not sustainable, then what’s the point? You then rebound and get frustrated. Worst of all…you QUIT!
In the military, we have a saying: “Cowards never start, the weak never finish, and winners never quit!” Think of it this way – going to the gym is not punishment for what you ate that day, it’s just a tool to help you become a better you.
For me, I struggled to lose weight and kept going back to running and cardio exercise to achieve my fitness goals. These activities never worked, and I was miserable trying to add more and more miles and minutes.
Then I discovered weight training and found that I really enjoyed it. It was a stress release for me, and I started to really see results, and frankly, I started having fun exercising. Yes, FUN!
My point is that you have to find what works for you, try new things, and adopt a fitness lifestyle that is sustainable over years and years to come.
I always try and remember this – the only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday! One day at a time, one step at a time, one meal at a time, and one training session at a time. Small changes in diet and training can make a huge and lasting impact. BUT, you have to be consistent and committed!
The mindset for fitness isn’t about being perfect or trying to recapture who you were “back in the day,” but rather becoming the best you can be today. Day after day after day.
Fitness isn’t something you only do at a gym. Fitness for life means you either approach your body and mind with respect, or you disrespect the gift of your own life and health and then everything that defines a healthy human. Fitness is a personal choice where you decide to live your life at the highest level you can possibly achieve, because if you are fit and healthy, then anything in life seems possible.
How do we do it? Mindset is everything in the pursuit of personal health, but you have to begin with the understanding that fitness isn’t another hobby you only do when you have time. Fitness is the very essence of how you live 24 hours a day, how you think and who you are. And the key to doing this is not some crazy strict diet and hours of cardio. It’s all about balance and adopting a nutrition regime and training program that are sustainable over time. Eating clean and healthy foods that feed your body will enable you to have powerful and ultimately rewarding training sessions.
Do you believe you can do it? I do!