This week, let's play a little game...
that we'll call "Who? What? Where?"
Short for: "Who am I?" "What do I want?" and "Where am I?"
This week I'm going to be asking a series of questions via my social media accounts.
Use these questions to help you think a little bit more about who you are, what you are looking for in fitness and wellness, and where your starting point is.
Your answers are for you alone, so feel to free to comment, but know that I'm not expecting you to answer me, but rather for you to get real with yourself.
These questions and some of the categories that I'm going to use are NOT intended to limit you or pigeon hole your potential in wellness, but rather to help you begin to create a plan for healthFULL lifestyle that meets you where you are today.
There is NO limit to what you can accomplish.
If you're 40 years old, have never really exercised and you want to become a weight-lifting yogi, you can do that.
If you have always struggled to have a balanced relationship with food where you don't feel deprived, but you also feel good about your fat-stores and
I know people that have made that transition and stuck with it.
BUT, being honest with yourself about who you are today and what you'd like to become can help you to create a program that will help you slowly make gradual behavioral changes that will ultimately give you a satisfying outcome.
In my experience many people gravitate towards programs that involves extreme changes even when these sorts of changes don't really jive with who they are or what their lifestyle can accommodate.
Even if the changes are positive and the actions would be beneficial and doable in time, trying to change too much too fast can lead to feelings of failure, defeat, and guilt for most people.
Sometimes the extreme changes (exercising every day, following some new cleanse or extreme diet) initially give you results... but when the changes plateau or your grow tired of daily exercise and strict meal plans, then the results you gained often disappear as you slowly return back to what you were doing before....
Think about it, any habits that you are in now, you probably created gradually.
That's how habits work, they creep up and grow slowly and consistently.
Good and bad habits.
It would be nice if we could attain all of our lifestyle and fitness goals in one huge leap, but that's rarely the way that life works.
When you want something that is rewarding, there's going to be some mental and physical work as well as time involved.
You don't a marathon the first day you go out jogging, you don't lift 200lbs on your dumbbell the first time you ever touch one, and you don't nail a fitness and fat-loss program the first day you try it.
It's a process.
You have to practice.
You have to make adjustments, go back to the drawing board when something doesn't work.
You can't give up when things aren't going your way, you try a new tack.
You ask for help.
You find support.
You keep moving.
You have to employ strategies that work for your personality, your lifestyle, and your goals.
Strategies for getting serious about fitness and fat-loss that involve some unrealistic expectations, expectations that lead to failure, defeat, and feelings of guilt...this leads to discouragement, quitting, and often times weight-gain.
So let's brainstorm this week.
Read the questions that I post.
Maybe use a journal or the notepad on your phone to jot down some thoughts about who you are, what you want, and what you're going to do about it.
Let the game take you on an introspective journey.
It's the first step to getting serious about change.