Just Do It.

“But I must figure out what I am going to do first?”

Although having a good plan to move you towards reaching your weight loss and fitness goals is great, I have been amazed by how much time people spend on planning and research and whatever else they can come up with to help them figure out how to proceed.  And all that time all they are achieving is… nothing.

The planning phase often proves to be just another way to procrastinate before getting started.  And too often this procrastination just ends up leading nowhere.

The secret to succeeding, when it comes to weight loss and fitness, is to “just do it“.  Stop spending so much time on planning that will likely never end up going anywhere anyway. You will figure out what you need along the way.

Planning to do exercise and how and what you are going to do, is not actually exercise.  Instead do this.

  • If cycling is your thing. Get on a bike and ride it.
  • If you are planning to go to the gym. Put on some clothes, get off your butt and go.
  • If you are thinking about group fitness, maybe a Zumba class.  Just go at your next earliest opportunity.
  • Run?… Put on shoes and go.

Sure. Work out a schedule if you feel the need to. Plan some if you really need to.

Here is the thing.  So many things I’ve tried along my journey are things I now hate, even though I’ve planned to do them.

Instead, I found things that I do like to do and have been naturally evolving into those.  Personally I do not much like the weight training room at the gym.  And a treadmill.  Have to be pretty desperate.  I have been doing a large number of varying group fitness classes.  I love those and have actually started planning my life around those as soon as I figured that out.  So my original plan… Well….

That’s the deal.  If you want to succeed at reaching your goals, stop finding reasons to postpone getting started.  Just get up and do it.  You will figure out the rest as you go along.

The Will Power Muscle

How many times have you been tempted to do something that you are not sure you really should?  How often have you just done it anyway, no matter how bad it potentially is for you?  Chocolate bar?  Cake? Chips?…….

No Will Power right?..

Wrong.  As it turns out it is not a question of whether you have Will Power or not, but rather a question of whether the reason you are resisting is important enough for you to keep on resisting.  Want to loose weight?… Really important?….  I wonder….

Mostly it boils down to how badly you want it.  If you want it bad enough, chances are you will be able to resist.  If it is really important, but still really hard to resist, you just need some practice.

Will Power is actually something you can grow, strengthen and even control.  Not unlike any muscle in your body, you can train it.  If you keep on telling yourself you have none, you will keep on believing it.  However.  If you have said no to a specific temptation once, the second time will be easier. And the 3rd even more so.

Sometimes temptations are so big that it is nearly impossible to resist.  Compounded resistance sometimes causes increased desire.  If you are hungry and come face to face with a chocolate or cake….mmmm… No easy task to avoid.

The solution for me was to eat something else.  Anything else “not bad” like an apple.  More often than not you will get the gratification your need, though since you resisted the chocolate, it will be without the guilt and even strengthen your resolve to keep on resisting.

If you can resist buying it, you can easily resist eating it.  Last. Develop some habits that will help you avoid temptations, and before you know it, even when faced with a temptation, it will prove not to be one.

Fundamental Choice

For every journey that we undertake in life there are a number of key choices that we have to make.  Where are we going?  How are we going to get there? What are we willing to do to get there?  The list is never ending and some choices will be hard. Others not so much.  Not that important…

What is important is whether the choices we make are fundamental enough to cause action to the point of success.  You want to find a new job?  If you have fundamentally chosen to do this, you will start looking and applying for new jobs until you find a new job.  If not fundamental, you are just really pondering the possibility of making that choice, and you probably will not find a new job.

You want to become fit and healthy?……

To test whether a choice is really fundamental or not, ask yourself this :

  • Have I acted on my choice?
  • What am I willing to do to achieve my objective?

If your answers to these questions are anything less than “Yes” and “Whatever It Takes”, you have not really made a choice.

The next question is whether your actions reflect your answers?  Are you really doing whatever it takes, no limits.  If the answer is yes… it’s fundamental.  If not… not so much.

Understandably you are required to prioritise your life and build your choices around where you are now.  The measure however remains the same.  What are you willing to do?   How fundamental your choice will directly affect your success at achieving the objectives of that choice.  “Whatever it takes..”

Having trouble sticking the path of your choice?… If so….  Have you really chosen?

Up to you to make the choice… or not…