I had a conversation the other day with someone about the idea of making the right choices when something is going wrong in your life. It made me think a lot about the choices we make in our lives, and the thought processes we might have when building to those choices. So let me give a few examples:
I have learned a lot about my own metabolism and hat it would take to get myself to a very low body fat percentage. I know that, besides looking strong as hell, a good deal of the things I want to do would be easier if I was about 10 pounds lighter then I am right now. I know that I am lifting heavy and that makes me hungrier in general. And I also know I have some emotionally charged eating habits and that stress leads me to craving certain types of food and also leads to me not being able to process most of those foods that I crave. The cool thing is, I know exactly what I need to do to get to that point; but, I hang at about an 82% consistency rate in doing those positive things as of right now (up from about 50% a couple weeks ago!). So, why do I make the choice to do the things I know aren't helping me? Well, I actually know right now exactly why, but the main thing I want to focus on here is that I know what I am doing will not hurt me in any way. My body can NOT metabolize sugar at all. If I cut sugar completely out of my diet I drop un-needed weight in almost frightening fashion. Yet if I have even a little of it, one day out of the week, I put my metabolism at almost a stand still. I know it's not hurting me per se, just drastically slowing my gains. Now, if I have multiple servings of sugar every day, that would be a totally different story. I would easily gain 10+ pounds in a week (I am actually under-exagerating that one), I would feel annoyingly lethargic, I would sleep horribly, and I would be very irritable. So, I don't do that. Honestly, what kind of a person would I be if I knowingly did something that made me a worse person.
If a doctor told you that drinking coffee would make your stomach lining disintegrate, would you stop drinking coffee? Or say that about smoking, or drinking, or eating cheese, or nuts? When having a basic conversation, this is pretty easy to respond to: of course you'd stop! Duh! But most people don't. What about if we come at it from a different angle; what about if you were not told what you couldn't do, but told what you needed to do? Say, just add 5 minutes of stretching every morning and you'll be able to walk; if you don't stretch, you risk never walking again. Well, again, just talking to people I'm sure nearly 100% of them would give you the obvious "of course I'd stretch!". But I would venture an assumption that most people would not last more than a few days.
Why do our minds do this? Why do we automatically fall so quickly into old, negative habits with the expectation that something new will happen? Well, I'm no super duper psychologist, but I do have my theories.
I think that most people really do know what's better for them. I have had countless experiences where someone will come up with some theory why cupcakes are good to consume on a daily basis, and all it takes is a few leading questions for them to not only admit the cupcakes should NOT be consumed every day, but why, and what would be way better. Reading this I'm sure most of you did one or both of two things: made a joke that was something along the lines of "what's wrong with a cupcake or two every day, I mean, they're sooo good?". And, "well yeah Josh, don't eat a cupcake and have like, salad, and some chicken, duh.". Well, yes! Exactly, you all know exactly what it takes to be healthy, but everyone makes a joke out of it. It's so obvious it's silly. It's so easy, it should just happen on it's own without any effort on my part...
I don't expect anyone to be perfect, hell, I have a hard time with those people who just seem to have it all figured out at all times (although, if you talk to them, you'll find they have just as many issues as you and I do). And if you feel like having a cupcake every now and again, or a drink or two, go ahead, it probably won't kill you. But you all know when enough is enough. We are only lying to ourselves when we think that "I'll just make a change next week", or having "just one more" or "I'll stretch later" is something you find yourself doing every day. If your actions are causing harm to yourself, there is absolutely NO excuse to continue doing them. You know that to be true. Stop making excuses and start by making just a small change. When you see the positive effects of that change, it'll be easier to make another, then another, and soon enough you may feel happy, healthy, positive, smiley, strong, loving, and good.
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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