"I eat so clean, I workout 6x a week, I barely drink alcohol AND I go to bed by 9pm every night". Reality, I eat a salad for lunch everyday I have to go to work, my workout really consists of walking for 20 minutes on the treadmill a couple days a week, the bartender at happy hour knows my name from my regular visits and sleep is rare to come by. If I just explained you in one sentence, I promise you, you're not alone. We always want to make ourselves sound better to the outside world, and that includes ourselves. We want to tell ourselves were better then we are. But let's take a minute, and be real honest with ourselves. Answer the following below;
How often do you eat healthy? Daily, 5-6x a week, 1-3x a week, 1 day a week
How often to you exercise? Daily, 5-6x a week, 1-3x a week, 1 day a week
How often do you eat out? Daily, 5-6x a week, 1-3x a week, 1 day a week
How often do you drink alcohol? Daily, 5-6x a week, 1-3x a week, 1 day a week
After you've honestly answered to yourself, think about it. Are you really doing everything you are telling others and even yourself? Are you eating super clean during the week or does a yogurt and salad consist of your "clean" diet. I am allllllllll about being positive and making those positive changes, but you can't make a change unless you face the truth. Lying to yourself is only hurting you, in the long run. Plenty of people act a certain way and portray a fake image and you know exactly what people are like that in your own life! What I am saying is, don't be one of those people. Be better then that. Be the girl (or boy) that went for it. Be that person that is barely recognizable from high school, or that person who turned their fitness hobby into a career that is now the talk of town.
In today's society we have the opportunity to be anyone we want. There are so many resources in the world that excuses and failing is simply not the answer. If you want something done there is at least 5 other people that have gone through a similar experience. And that is amazing! There support systems all over the world, if they aren't stemming from your friends and family. If your struggle is weight loss, nutrition, diet, working out, simply learning about your body, wanting to teach others, wanting to impact the world by leaving your green footprint behind, whatever it is, there is a way!
Now that you have been completely honest with yourself, I want you to think what it is you really want out of your journey. Is it that you want to lose your post baby weight, drop some lbs from your college drinking years, maybe gain muscle to fill in your physique. The options and dreams are endless. Figure out what your goal is and give yourself a time line. It takes 21 days to form or break a habit. That is 3 weeks of your time, 504 hours to be exact. Within this time what can you do? What difference can you make? Who can you impact? Who can impact you? Make yourself a short term, middle and long term goal. Here is an example for myself!
I wanted to lose weight and have a flat and more muscular abdomen for Christmas. My short term goal was simple, find a nutrition guide and coach that worked best for me. CHECK! I started my program 9 days ago. Middle term goal, my 21 days in break my bad habit of fast food eating. (I am still on my way there, but happily haven't had any fast food in 9 days). Long term goal is to lose a specific number of fat by Christmas. I am surprisingly already closer then I thought I would be!
That simple! Write it down somewhere where you'll see it every day. If that means on your bathroom mirror, the back of your front door, on your boyfriend's forehead, wherever! Give yourself a plan, do your research and I can guarantee the results come faster then you believe. Consistency and knowledge is a beautiful thing.