When I talk to people about running, I get one of two responses:
a) Wow! That’s so cool. I run, too, and [insert recent running story or goal]
b) I could never do that, that’s crazy.
B always makes me really sad. Sometimes, I will get a more detailed response, with the person saying they “don’t have time” or it’s just not the “right time of year” for them to focus on a healthy lifestyle. Over the years, I’ve learned that you can’t force someone into a healthy lifestyle. You can create challenges, you can go on diets, but ultimately, that person needs to be ready to embark on their OWN journey no matter what you may say.
And, when I hear those negative responses, I always want to ask, so what’s really holding you back?
Because, if it’s important to you, you will make time. In today’s world, we waste a lot of time watching TV, surfing the internet, liking pictures on Instagram… you name it. Yes, you might argue that these are necessarily to calm the mind after a busy day. I’m not going to say that I don’t waste some of my day on these time sucks.
But, it’s not a valid excuse if it’s what’s holding you back from your health goals. That favorite TV show, do you remember what happened on the episode that aired six weeks ago? Does it matter?
Those Facebook posts that you read that made you laugh, a week later do you even remember what they said?
There will always be excuses. There will always be reasons for you to NOT change the way that you live and become healthier. The bigger (and better) question is –> why SHOULD you change the way that you live?
I bet you if you make this list, it would would change your mind in a heartbeat.
Maybe you need to change the way that you live so you can chase your grandkids around. Or maybe, it’s so that when you DO have grandkids, you are strong and in shape to spend time with them. Perhaps you want to feel better when you wake up in the morning. Maybe you want to run your first 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon. Or maybe, you just want to look in the mirror and like what you see.
We are all motivated by different things, and we are all de-motivated by certain things. Figuring out what’s holding you back and killing your motivation to make those dreams a reality is the first step in your fitness journey.
Often times, it’s fear. Fear of failure; fear of change; fear of the unknown.
But how is that a way to live? It might sound dramatic, but we live this life once and why not live every moment to be the BEST that you can be?
Recently, I’ve been considering running an ultramarathon. It is venturing into the unknown, from every area of training to even how you function on race day. I realized earlier this week that this is what’s holding me back from just DOING it and finally signing up and committing. I’ve fallen into the trap of making excuses, of not committing and in the end… regretting that I haven’t taken the plunge.
I feel that sometimes you have to jump in with two feet — take the toe out of the water and FINALLY commit — and just try it. Personally, I feel it’s more of a failure than to never try something versus if you do it and fail. Because at least that way, you’re learning something along the way and bettering yourself.
So I ask you, what’s holding you back? Why are you sabotaging your future healthy life?
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