The decision to actually get started on a fitness program is the prelude to actually doing it!!! The hardest part of getting started….is yes, you know it,……. actually getting yourself to the gym, park, friend’s garage, running track or wherever your journey is going to start. The weeks and months of thinking about it, buying the gear, deciding on what you are going to do are over. Now you actually have to perform and follow through.
It’s a little daunting. All your fears and insecurities come back to the surface. You look for an excuse….I mean reason (lol), to delay or postpone. It happens to almost everyone. Here’s some insider information…. all you need to do is GO!! Get to the gym, park, track or whatever. Thats it! Just get there. The rest is easy.
Well…. the rest is only easy if YOU are serious! K talked a lot about that (in her recent blog post titled “Getting Serious”) and it is vital.
The second vital component of your decision to start is that you also need to start a program for YOU. Not for your spouse, not for your kids, not for your peers….not for anyone, except YOU! Figure out why YOU want to exercise. Why is that important to YOU? Do you want to get healthy, tone up, look great in whatever you want to wear?How will YOU benefit? Will you get to shop for a new wardrobe? Be in the best shape of your life? Fit into a bridesmaid dress like K? How will YOU feel??? Energized? Skinny? Healthy? Challenged? Invincible? Your success will be directly linked to how good YOU feel about the changes you are making. Change is hard. Exercising is hard; it takes scheduling, dedication, desire -all things you apply elsewhere and are capable of applying here. Eating right is hard but it is a lot easier and more fun then getting fat and putting yourself in the grave sooner. And if you are doing it for someone other than YOU it will be even harder and tougher to stay committed.
Initially, my only motivation to start running was as a means to quit smoking. I figured you couldn’t run and smoke at the same time !!!! That was enough motivation for me. I didn’t really think about all the additional benefits. It was a pleasant surprise when I rediscovered my love of competing, the high of reaching goals, the joy of seeing improvement and overcoming obstacles. At that point in my life I had recently quit my full time job, and had no idea that my A-type personality missed all of those challenges. But I know, that if my motivation to start and stay with the program had not been high enough, I would never have persevered long enough to enjoy it the way I do and I would have missed out on all the rewards. Of course, I also now have a body I am proud of. It is not perfect (not even remotely close lol), but it is mine. It is strong, it endures, it is tough. I have earned it. And I am thankful for it:)
Please share with us what motivated you to get started on a fitness / nutrition program or if you need help finding motivation, we would love to help you out!