I was listening to one of my favorite speakers the other day and was so moved that I had to share. He said, “If you do what is easy (coming up with excuses, giving yourself a pass), your life will be hard. But if you do what is hard, your life will be easy.” Whoa. How often do we give up on our goals and dreams or don’t even try because we think it will be too hard?
That got me to thinking about this weight loss thing, because at one point, I was there in my thinking. I would often say, “I don’t have time to work out. I don’t have time to pack my lunch. Heck, I don’t even like to cook”. It took me years to make a radical change in myself and my thinking. I had to get to a point where I was truly fed up with my circumstances (that I created) and tired of taking the easy way out because I knew I could do better. I won’t sit here and tell you it was easy to get to that place mentally. I had a number of false starts and promises that I broke to myself to “start on Monday.”
If I let myself continue on “the easy path” I might end up like many of my patients, deep in debt from hospital bills, spending hundreds of dollars a month on blood pressure and diabetes meds, unable to enjoy a high quality of life because they are too ill to move. Or I could get my caboose in gear and get the weight off, allowing me to look and feel good, lift heavy and ride swiftly, see parts of the country few people could and mingle with some amazing people that the cycling community has put me in touch with.
Once I truly make up my mind that I could do better and I would do better no matter what, a new feeling came over me, and I actually enjoyed spending the time in the gym and finding new recipes to try. My question to you is, are you giving yourself the easy out or are you ready to put in the work?