The #1 Reason You Can't Get Fit & Healthy
As we are just entering Spring, now is a good time to revisit something many of us had talked a lot about at the beginning of the year...our New Years Resolutions!
Now, if you’re a person that has been smashing their fitness goals since you set them and are making wonderful progress, congrats! You deserve the results you’re getting and the ones soon to come.
However, if you feel like you’ve fallen off the wagon a little bit, don’t fret, now is the perfect time to have a total reset, re-focus, and re-engage on what you planned on doing a few months ago.
As someone that helps people with goal setting for a living, I’d want to ask all of you who feel like you have strayed off their goals, did you make a plan to achieve it?
Making small, short term goals is the key to building toward larger, long term goals. This is often a forgotten factor with New Years Resolutions.
On top of that, there is one big elephant in the room I believe contributes to you deciding to continue or not continue. And this elephant I believe is what keeps the majority of people from achieving their long-term health and fitness goals, and it’s…
Re-read that again, I’ll wait…
For what seems like all eternity, there has been a demonization of food. Food groups have been categorized to be in general, “Good or Bad”. What’s interesting about this is the fact that because foods are looked at as “Good” or “Bad”, this automatically gives the impression that if you eat one or the other, this makes you a better or worse person for it.
I don’t mean literally a better person, but I do mean that little internal voice we all have that tells you, “Hey Jacky, you know you shouldn’t eat those nachos right?”.
When food is believed to be “Good” or “Bad”, all objectivity is removed. If pizza and cake is bad for you, but your child wants it for their birthday, does this make you a bad parent if you give it to them, or even worse, if you eat it with them?
Now a person could say, “Yeah but you could always teach your child to want and choose the healthier options”. If you’re thinking this, then I’m afraid you’re missing my point.
Instead, food should be perceived by “value” depending on the situation. If it’s just another Tuesday night at home, there’s no need to go out and order 2 sides of potato skins to go with your 4 beers and a burger. However, for the moments where you’re celebrating your best girlfriend’s graduation, or your boys last night before he moves to another state, these nights are worth more than tracking any calories or worrying about eating foods higher in carbs and fat.
I’ve been saying to many lately, “Tracking memories are more important than tracking calories.”
To reiterate, this means to enjoy the moments that deserve your utmost attention, not every weeknight living like theirs no tomorrow.
One thing I’ve noticed is that when a person is enjoying their life, making the “healthy” decision becomes easier. When you feel good, you do good.
People put the insecurities they have about themselves in to the food they eat.
Whether you’d like to admit it or not, anytime you feel bad about eating something, this only highlights how you perceive yourself and your actions. This is more than just not giving a fuck about what you eat, it’s not giving a fuck about giving a fuck, get it?
Food doesn’t care about your feelings. The sooner you can stop putting your emotions in to the food you eat, the sooner you can build a better relationship with it.