I heard an interesting perspective the other day with regards to weight loss that I kind of connected with that I’d like to share – I think it was in a talk about how people so frequently fall off the proverbial horse when they’re dieting and exercising, and how it’s so easy to complain about not having the time to spend when honestly if you’re really trying to lose weight, frankly, making time to work towards this massive goal each day should be just about the easiest thing in the world…
I’m no stranger to this, mind you – I’m constantly shuffling around all of the things that I want/need to do, which a lot of times results in staying up super late to spend 30 minutes on the elliptical because “I just couldn’t find the time anywhere else in my day.” Which sure, on one hand is perfectly legitimate if those other things are more important than losing weight, but if the point here is to make a lifestyle change to leave behind a dangerous bill of health that’s going to have serious consequences the longer it takes me to shake, then the excuse is really just that – a part of me shouting out that maybe I don’t really want to lose weight as much as I think I do.
I really need to just stop listening to those excuses and get back to work!
Because the fact is, realistically I shouldn’t have to spend hours upon hours each day at the gym in order to lose weight, nor do I have to cook all sorts of elaborate meals to balance my diet. It’s actually just a two-parter and really pretty simple:
- Stop eating crap.
- Exercise an hour a day.
It’s just a matter of re-prioritizing my brain to realize that my time spent sweating on the elliptical or getting dragged around the neighborhood by Cleo shouldn’t be something that I dread – if anything, it’s something that I should look forward to because it’s those 60 minutes every day consistently that are ultimately going to make me reach my goal of not being a overweight anymore. This is something that I’ve been trying to do on and off for over eight years now – only my writing career has a longer duration, but that’s not something that can be solved simply with an hour a day.
My weight loss can, however, and so I need to figure out whatever I can do to re-prioritize my brain yet again so that it understands just how vital that simple hour of exercise is in the long run.