It’s time for some tough love without the sugary coating. Disclaimer: This does not apply to everyone, but if you’re feeling slightly uncomfortable or a bit hot under the collar, then I’ve struck a chord and I’m talking about you. Beware the Fitness FAIL!
FAIL! #1: Too Much Talking and Not Enough Doing
Some people are about to start their diet in two weeks. Others are about to start their diet after they have one more piece of cheesecake. It’s now a year later, the scale hasn’t budged, and you’re still talking about that diet. Aside from the fact that it’s not about dieting and all about a healthy lifestyle, just stop lying to yourself. Start now and be serious about it.
FAIL! #2: Zero Discipline, Zero Moderation
It doesn’t matter if you possess more for zeal for exercise than Richard Simmons on a caffeine binge. If you inhale chocolate cake, brownies, and barbeque chips in massive amounts that could feed all the hungry children at Kroo Bay, you’re in self-sabotage mode. Here are the definitions for discipline and moderation. It’s time for a cram session.
FAIL! #3: Relying on Others to Motivate You
I’m all for the fitness buddy you walk with, or the personal trainer that takes you to hell and back, but the day these guys aren’t around for whatever reason should NOT be the day you start slacking on exercise. Sometimes you’ve just got to encourage yourself.
FAIL! #4: Not Willing to Sacrifice
Why do you refuse to take that morning doughnut out of your mouth and replace it with fresh fruit and oatmeal? Why can’t you get up an hour early for exercise, or walk during lunch, or take the stairs instead of the elevator, or drink low fat milk instead of whole? Some of the things you hold dear to your heart need to get the boot in the name of a slimmer waistline.
There are obviously legitimate reasons the scale gets stuck on stupid, like medical issues (hormones, thyroid, prescriptions, etc) or a training plateau. Those people are exempt from this mild lashing. Be honest with yourself and stop wasting time. The longer you wait to get serious, the larger your fat cells will become. Got any more Fitness Fails?
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