Part of my struggle to integrate regular exercise into my life is not thinking of myself as "the kind of person who can do x, y, or z thing," and so avoiding many activities as a result of that mind game I'm playing with myself. For example, I'm going on a challenging long hike with friends this weekend but keep almost canceling because I feel scared that I can't do it (even though every other time I've done a similar trip I've been ok). In the last five years or so (since I started working desk jobs basically) I've become so inactive and have really started to think about myself as a person who "can't" get fit. I feel like I have so far to go (about 30 pounds to lose to get to a healthy body weight, but the scale just keeps creeping upwards). I think a huge part of the problem is that I can't envision myself being fit, because it's been so long since I have been, and so I end up doing things that a not-fit person would do all the time (vegging out in front of the computer for hours on end, for weeks on end), and it has resulted in me becoming that person.
So I'm wondering, those of you who have overcome those mental obstacles, do you have any tips to share about how you did it, or when the revelation happened for you that you ARE the kind of person who is fit and active and healthy?
I climbed a mountain once, and right up until the last step I didn't think I could do it.