Do you know the one thing that consistently keeps us from reaching our health, fitness and weight loss goals? Yep, sabotage. Self-sabotage, to be exact. You know the feeling right? You work your bum off (literally) in boot camp 4 nights per week only to go completely nuts on the weekend. You take in more calories than you had all week and you booze it up like the apocalypse is knocking on your front door. Why? Honestly, you’re simply human….
You know I always remind you that perfection is a false reality that is not truly attainable. When it comes to self-sabotage, we’re the ones getting in our own way though. Self-sabotage can come in many forms, but all can be fought easily if we learn to identify the behaviors.
Self-saboteurs are afraid to succeed to say the least. Now. I realize this seems like an insane thought, but go with me here. If we succeed what will happen? Think of it like this: if a child comes out to bat his very first baseball game and hits an incredible home run, he is then regarded as a great hitter and placed at the top of the batting order. So, what would happen if he failed? What if he had one beautiful hit and NEVER even came close to the ball again? Now, we should all realize that with proper coaching and plenty of practice, he can maintain a solid hit, even if it’s not a home run every time. The funny thing is when it comes to weight loss or fitness goals we find ourselves worried that if we succeed more will be asked of us. Guess what? It will. People look at me different and they have been watching my plate and grocery cart for years. Get over it! Take on a winners attitude and fight for what you want!
Another character trait of a self-saboteur is the sprint forward/retreat back push. These are the times that we sign up for a new boot camp, write out our goals and plans, then after 1-2 weeks we retreat back to the couch. Why? “It’s hard” and “It hurts” tends to top the charts here. These people get ALL fired up, then go about it with the WRONG expectations. You are not going to reach a big fitness or weight loss goal in 1-2 weeks. Suck it up, do the work, live with it.
Excuses. Really? “My pinky finger hurts so I’m skipping my next 3 workouts to recover.” Are. You. SERIOUS!?! If you’re upper body gets warped from a workout, suck it up and work your lower body. Besides, what most of us consider “injuries” are your body’s cries for help getting louder (see me in the next post for that one!). Anytime you throw the word “BUT” around, you are taking yourself backwards. Stop it! Right now…..
Saboteurs expect things to be easy. Losing weight is not easy. Gaining muscle is most certainly NOT easy. Changing your nutrition is not easy. Keeping a food journal is not easy. Finding balance between it all is not easy. So let me ask you a question:
Why should it be easier for you than it is for EVERYBODY ELSE?
I’ve said before, if your friend claims the weight just fell off they are LYING!
There is a system and it does work. Commit to it, Do the work. Get off your butt. SUCCEED for you and everybody else.
Live a little louder today!