You have to want it more than the thing that is keeping you from reaching your goal.
For example, if you want to lose weight, you have to want that result so bad that you are willing to make sacrifices. Nothing in life comes without some cost. You, me, we all have to work for it. You say you want to lose weight, but you also love to go out for margaritas, eat chocolate and watch tv with a bag of your favorite potato chips. It sounds so simple in theory, but saying no to the things we love, which have become habits, IS HARD WORK. It’s not easy to walk away from those carbs.
How many of us have tried some foolproof diet out there, but have always found a way to cheat? You know what I mean. It’s like doing Whole 30 and thinking if you just make your cookies with coconut flour you are eating healthy. Sure, coconut flour is “better” for us, but cookies still have fat and calories no matter how they are made. They are not going to help us lose weight. Stop lying to yourself. That’s what you are doing. You can lie to your coach, nutritionist or trainer all day everyday, but stop lying to yourself. Until you take a good, hard look at what you are putting into your mouth and what you are actually doing in the gym, nothing is going to change. I am sure I have heard some version of this from someone or multiple people. I doubt it’s just my common sense speaking through me, however, anything is possible.
Where is this coming from? My own experience and your experience. In all likelihood, we have all felt defeated by something at one time or another, but June 1st is tomorrow and summer is here, people. Okay, in Colorado, we are still dealing with temperatures down in the 30s, but the calendar says it’s going to be June, so….My point is that it’s time to stop talking about getting beach-ready and actually get beach-ready. All of my girls from time to time have said they needed to lose weight or work out a little harder in the gym. I ALWAYS say you have to want it more than, watching TV, eating those gummy bears, having that latte from Starbucks and they ALWAYS respond with, “yeah, but do I really have to give up everything to get there?”
We all know people who look amazing and they go out and have margaritas and chips and salsa. These are the people we compare ourselves to and use to justify giving into our cravings.
Newsflash: These people are not eating gummy bears all week and watching TV. They are eating healthy 90% of the time and working their butts off in the gym so that they can indulge occasionally.
Yes, once you reach your ideal body weight, composition, how you want to look, you can indulge more often and get away with it because you know how to burn the calories and make up for it. However, until you hit that sweet spot, you will need to make sacrifices and that means asking yourself everyday, “how bad do I want it?”
Do you want those gummy bears more than you want to lose weight? Do you want to watch Netflix more than working out? Yes, of course, but do you want to watch Netflix more than getting rid of that muffin top? You are in control and it’s time you, me, we all started acting like it.
I have 56 days until I leave for my beach vacation. I have no illusions that I will turn into Cindy Crawford in the next two months, but I am pretty damn sure she isn’t eating gummy bears and watching Netflix.
Here’s to saying no to the crap and yes to all the things that make us healthy. Here’s to summer, vacations and even swimsuits.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lori & G