After reading this blog post I want you to ask yourself, “Am I in or am I out?”
In my professional career as a business owner and a personal trainer I have come across and wide variety of personalities. Most of these individuals are moms who are looking to take control of their lives and get into shape after giving birth to children. Those little bundles of joy are the greatest blessing you can be given, unfortunately, they take a toll on the female body.
Getting back into pre-baby shape can seem like an impossible feat. But as the famous Adidas quote goes, “Impossible is nothing.” Some moms may carry their baby’s left over weight for 20 years before deciding to do something about it. Today, life is so busy that is easy to use different excuses to put your own health on the back burner. The most common excuses I hear are things like,
“My children take up too much of my time.”
“The gym is too far away.”
“I could never get back into shape.”
“I am too over weight and I can’t do that.”
Let’s face it. The reality is that we can all exercise. We all can make time, there is a gym within 10 minutes of every household, and there have been millions of people who are overweight who made a commitment to change and succeeded. The REAL question to ask yourself is, “Do I really want to?” Acknowledging that you want to make a change is the first step to success.
Find your big “why”. Everyone and their brother is telling you that a change is needed but you must intrinsically WANT to change. Why do you want to be a healthy mom? To set an example for your kids? To make yourself happy? To make your significant other happy? To live a long life free of illness? Which ever way you cut it, you have to want to help yourself before anyone else can help you. First, make a choice and decide why you want it, seek help, and devise a plan to get there!
If you think losing weight and getting into the body you desire will be easy, think again. If it was an easy task there would be no need for people like myself who specialize in helping you get fit. The old saying goes, “Health is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise” but I disagree with that statement. The revised version that breeds TRUE success is, “Health is 100% nutrition and 100% exercise”. Being 100% committed to reaching your health goals is the only way to guarantee success.
Lets not sugar-coat things here, exercise is painful and few people actually enjoy it. Holistic nutrition is difficult and few people have the mindset to change their lifestyle. Those who can commit to getting 30-60 minutes of exercise 3-6 times per week at the top of their priority list are guaranteed to be successful with some nutritional guidance. Your health must become a priority over everything else in your life because without your own health you have nothing. It may sound selfish but your kids, significant other, friends, and family will all benefit from you bettering yourself.
Commitment and consistency are the key elements. You must know going in that it will be hard but if you can commit to a challenge, change will be inevitable. Excuses can be made all day long but at the end of the day excuses will leave you overweight and unhealthy. Think about how good you will feel when that first 10 lbs. comes off, think about the way your husband will be so proud of your hard work, and think about the way you will look at yourself in the mirror.
A world of feeling good and excellent health awaits you. What is stopping you? Millions before you have done it in similar situations and the only thing stopping you from your goals is yourself!
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