ARE YOU ALL TALK AND NO ACTION?
We have all known someone who complains about a problem but never does anything about it. Honestly, we are probably all guilty of this in some way, shape, or form as well. How many times have you heard or even said something like
“I am so overweight and out of shape. I need to do something.”
“I should really eat better and workout.”
“If only I had the time to workout.”
“I’m so tired of my clothes not fitting.”
“I wish I looked like I did years ago.”
“That’s it. Tomorrow I am going to start exercising and eating better.”
We could go on and on with the examples. Why do we do this? Why do we just talk about it and never actually do something about it? The excuses are endless. One common reason is that people don’t take their health and fitness a true priority. If someone truly thought eating healthy and exercising were important to their quality of life, they would make the time and put in the effort. What can we do to change?
• Decide. Make the decision that this is it and mean it. Get up off your behind and go take a walk. Do 25 jumping jacks, push ups, squats. Yes. Right now! Get up and do some sort of activity that can be deemed exercise. This is you taking a stand. You are not putting up with your own excuses any longer, and you are taking action this instant. Don’t wait any longer, you have been doing that for far too long!
• Write them down. Write all of those things you have been saying you should or need to do down. Congratulations, you have now set some goals! Writing them down starts the process and provides some sense of commitment.
• Map them out. Map out how you are going to accomplish your goals. Take a look at what you want to accomplish and if it is too large to accomplish in a short period of time, break it up. For example, If you want or need to lose 25 pounds, that is going to be really difficult to do in 30 days. So, let’s break it down and set a goal to lose 10 pounds in month one, 10 more pounds in month two and five in month three. When we break down our larger goals into smaller, more manageable ones, it makes it a little easier to accomplish them and stick with it. Once you have broken them down, you need to write down what you are going to do to accomplish those goals. As an example, for losing weight, you should write down what you are going to adjust in your diet as well as exercise. Lay it all out so you have clear direction on what to do. If you are unsure, seek out a professional who can assist in making your goals more manageable as well as mapping out what you need to do to accomplish them.
• Reward yourself. Here is the tricky part! A lot of people reward themselves with garbage food. As much as you want that cake or pie or whatever it is that is calling your name, it’s not worth it! Instead of making food your reward, find something else. Maybe it’s a new outfit or a new bathing suit. It could even be a vacation—whatever you can do within your budget to keep yourself motivated. If you stick with things, you’re going to need new clothes anyways!
In the end, you and you alone have to make the decision. It all starts there. No matter what your doctor is saying, no matter how much you say you want things to be different, no matter how much support you will have, none of it matters if you don’t make the decision to change and take action immediately. Your future is as bright as you want it to be, but you have to want it bad enough. So, take a picture of yourself. That was the old you. Say bye to the old you that was all talk and no action and don’t look back! Go on, get moving. Your healthier self is impatiently waiting.