Tonawanda News — A few weeks ago I had heard about a client that I trained approximately three years ago. They had stopped going to the gym, justifying their actions by the following excuses/reasons: Work is busy, my children are participating in sports and my spouse works out of town.
Unfortunately their story doesn’t have a happy ending. They gained back the weight they had lost, continued to work long hours, continued to be inactive and recently suffered a stroke thatleft them in a dire situation.
Are you making excuses or avoiding starting your path to better health and wellness? If so, why?
Always waiting for the “perfect time” to get started?
When I get a different job or work less hours.
When I work more hours to be able to afford a gym membership.
When the government isn’t shut down.
When things are less busy; whatever that means.
When I find a workout partner.
When I find the right equipment. When I know how to use the gym equipment.
When I lose 20 pounds.
When I get the right workout routine.
When my fridge is full of the right foods.
When I finish the last of the ice cream.
Monday, I’ll start Monday.
Tomorrow. Next week. Never.
It seems that human beings are always “waiting for the perfect time”. WHY?
For many, it’s a great distraction and justification. It helps us avoid. Avoid the actual “work” aspect of working out and putting effort into eating “better.”
For others, avoidance serves as a protective mechanism against potential embarrassment and failure.
“I could ... but ...,” keeps us safe from pain.
It’s akin to the student who scores poorly on a test and replies with, “If I had studied, I would have done better.”
Unfortunately this mentality prevents us from reaching our true potential.
That’s why an “all-or-nothing” approach, rarely works.
It usually gets us “nothing.”
There is no perfect time. There never will be.
Please let that sink in.
Oh sure, there might be some magic moment in your fitness journey where the universe comes together ... your favorite song comes on, your sneakers fit perfectly plus your arms look extra buff and that guy/girl you like hops onto the treadmill next to you.
Unfortunately, most of the time “real life” responsibilities, time commitments, sickness, overtime, bills, stress, lack of sleep are staring us in the face.
But that magic moment will be one in the zillion other less-magic moments that make up your real life.
You are holding the chisel and the pickaxe. You are the miner of your moments.
This most likely frustrates you, why?
It shouldn’t be this way, It shouldn’t be this hard. So and so can eat whatever they want and they skipped intervals twice last week. Everyone else’s moments just come to them. Everyone else has enough time. Enough money. Enough motivation. Enough information. Wrong!
But it is this way. For everyone.
This is how it is, with moments. Moments resist expectations like water resists the intrusion of oil.
However, there is a perfect moment. There is actually always a perfect moment.
That perfect moment is now.
Christopher Tybor is owner of Chrisfit in Niagara Falls and Lewiston. For more information visit www.chrisfit.net or call 818-0078.