Sunday, July 13, 2014
You know how it is. You have gone way too far. You now got into the exercise habit and you are now eating clean. And all of the sudden, life gets in the way. You got way too stressed and you want to sink back to your old habits just because doing things is way too hard.
But before you do that, let me tell you something.
"Quitting is not an option"
You see, you have to learn to see things far. You have to see the cycle clearly. Let me show you how it usually goes.
1. You diet and exercise and you're excited.
2. You start to see results and you continue
3, You plateau (stop losing weight) or stress gets in the way
4. You stop and sink back to your old habits.
5. You'll want to diet and exercise again until you break the bad cycle and do it again.
It's really an endless circle. And the bad thing about it is that your body will suffer too.
So here are the things that I tell myself when I plateau or I'm stressed.
"If I keep doing the right thing, I'll eventually see results"
"And even if I don't see results, I'll feel good anyway"
"Even if I eat badly and go back to where I was before, I would want to change anyway so why go back?"
"If I want to enjoy a type of food, I can still take a bite and savor it without eating the whole thing."
Also, to manage stress, I watch funny TV shows when I'm sad or worried, run or meditate when I'm angry or watch sad movies when I'm extremely sad or stressed. I manage my emotions by being present with them as they come up.
So the next time your body tells you to go back, stop yourself. After all, quitting is not an option.