Remember that time you talked yourself out of going to the gym because you would go tomorrow? Or that time when you grab that extra piece of cake or ate more than you can handle? Before you made your decision you had a choice to make, either you do it or you don't or you look for the better option or eat more cake. We all know that every decision we make comes with a consequence. This all started when we were young. Think about that time your parents told you not to do something and you did it anyway. But before you did you thought to yourself, " my parents said don't do it" but you did it anyway.
Me vs. me happens when you have that internal conversation with yourself. We can talk ourselves to success or to failure. Think about it this! Going back to my first example of "talking yourself our of going to gym". This is something that I hear and see often. Usually, this interaction with yourself goes something like this:
You making the poor choice:
-I am going to go to the gym after work! (Morning)
-Damn! it is only 12:00 and this day is dragging. (Let's get pizza)
-I have to finish the last of this work project. I am feeling tired and I can't wait to get home, but I have to go to the gym. (3 hours left of work)
- (Driving home) It was such a long day and I just want to sit down at home. I will go to the gym tomorrow.
Unfortunately, this is a common story I hear often and before you know it the day turns into days, then a week and then months. Now you have to start over. Any progress you gained is now gone.
You making the better choice:
-I am going to go to the gym after work!
-Damn! it is only 12:00 and this day is dragging. (I am glad I prepared my lunch)
-I have to finish the last of this work project. Let me plan out the rest of this day and figure out what my top priorities are. I still have to get to the gym. (3 hours left of work)
-(Driving home) It was such a long day and I just want to sit down at home. But I still have to go to the gym.
-(45-minute workout) I love the way I feel after a workout! Can't wait to get home and relax.
This is obviously the perfect scenario. I know many of us have different drive times, kids, and other factors that can change our days, but that is not an excuse to make smarter choices! Like many of you, I have long days, I have a family, and other things I love to do. What I have learned over the past few years is that when I make better choices I can still do all those things I love and guess what you can too! Do not let your bad choices control your life. Anywhere from 30-60 minutes 2-4 days a week where you focus on your health and fitness is all you need to get yourself on track to build on a new routine. Think about that 30-60 minutes out of your 24 hour day is not much.
Some simple ways you can do this is to start by holding yourself accountable. Some things I have seen work with clients, friends, and family when it comes to holding themselves accountable are , working out with buddy, hiring a personal training, scheduling a fitness class, using apps or fitness trackers such as Fitbit, and now more trainers are turning to Online Fitness Coaching where you have a trainer anytime you need one without scheduling a session. There are so many ways you can keep yourself on track.
So the moral of this story is do not let your negative side win. At the end of the day its a battle with they person staring back at you in the mirror. That person looking back at you wants to be healthy, successful and energetic. Why deny yourself these simple luxuries over a few hours a week.
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