Let’s be real for a minute.
The whole idea of “diet and exercise” just absolutely sucks.
Eating things we don’t want to eat.
Doing things we don’t want to do.
Feeling like we have to choose between hating what we’re eating and doing or hating how we’re looking and feeling.
All to see some number on a scale or clothes tag.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Getting lean, strong, and healthy doesn’t have to be miserable.
Making this change, though, isn’t necessarily about “what” you’re doing.
It’s not about just another, less miserable, diet or training program.
Yes, you’ll want to find approaches that align with your needs, preferences, and goals.
More importantly, the change comes from how you’re thinking and feeling about your efforts.
What’s driving you.
Are you doing these things because you think you’ll love yourself once you reach a certain shape or size?
Are you doing these things because you think you’ll love your life once you lift a certain amount or run at a certain pace?
Achieving these goals can be satisfying.
They won’t make your life awesome, though.
They’ll contribute to it, sure, but they won’t be the magic pill to make you happy.
If you’re making yourself miserable thinking that one day it’ll “pay off”, you might try a different approach.
If you hate your eating habits.
If you hate your training routing.
Try something different.
How you eat, move, and live, isn’t a price to pay for a life down the road.
It’s part of the life you’re living now.
You’re always living life right now.
So ask yourself.
How do your efforts to look and feel awesome affect your quality of life?
Do they contribute positively to or detract from your experiences?
If the answer leans towards the latter, you might reevaluate.
What, other than to live your best life, would drive anything you do?
You deserve nothing but the best life.
Make that happen right now.
Because you don’t know if you’ve got anything else.
You’ve got this.