Being overweight SUCKS. While I’ve never been severely obese, there was a time when health and fitness took a backseat.
And guess what? IT WAS HARD. I was lazy, tired, unmotivated. I didn’t feel good about myself. It was harder, especially emotionally, than losing weight. It’s frustrating and you feel hopeless. You think it’ll take too long to get to where you want, so you don’t try.
SURPRISE: The time passes anyway. You choose what you do with it.
Creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is hard. It requires a conscious effort every day. But once you make that decision, it gets better. That 5:30 a.m. workout? It’s not easy for anyone. But it will become routine. And for me, getting up early was easier than being overweight. BAM.
Come up with your own hard/harder examples:
HARD: Losing weight. Healthy choices. Exercising.
HARDER: Being out of breath. All the time.
HARDER: Not being around long enough to see your grandkids.
HARDER: Noticing the way others notice you.
HARDER: Passing on your unhealthy habits to your children.
No one can make that decision for you, and only when you realize that being overweight is actually HARDER than the alternative, you’ll begin to change. And what a change it will be! You’ll start to feel good about yourself. You’ll reach tiny milestones. While it’s hard to say “no way!” to that one piece of chocolate/pizza/pie/cake… it becomes rewarding. You understand the strength of your own willpower.
Alternatively, I’m sure it’s hard to think of a hundred excuses as to why you can’t lose weight, why you don’t want to lose weight, why you’ve tried and why it won’t work. So if that’s your thing… you can choose that.
YOU CHOOSE YOUR HARD.