I had a conversation this weekend with a friend who, by her own admission, has 40 pounds to lose. She said that when she’s ready, she will do it. She KNOWS what to do, but isn’t ready to do it.
I asked a lot of questions like, “What stops you“, “When will you know you are ready”, and “What is bothering you the most about being heavier than you want to”?
The truth is, she could answer all of them and still she isn’t ready. I’m fine with that. In fact I think it’s totally fine to not exercise or lose weight if it’s not bothering you. Hear me on this: IF YOU ARE CONTENT WITH WHERE YOU ARE AT, IT’S AWESOME!
Changing how or what we eat should never come from external pressure unless your health is at risk and the same goes for exercising. If you are needing or wanting to make a change today, ask yourself the most simple question of all: Why Bother Exercising?
I know I continue to exercise because it keeps my depression at bay and it makes my moods stable. It also helps me fit in my clothes and I just like my overall me better when I’m working out. Still, my friend’s answers made me wonder why we choose to delay a decision to start something. This all comes just before I am about to deliver a TED-style talk today to a group of women business owners about delegation and decisions, so I’ve been thinking about this a lot more than usual.
Here’s is a list of questions to consider in regards to taking care of ourselves through eating and fitness.
1. What would it take for you to start eating clean, real foods?
2. What stops you from starting?
3. What are YOUR barriers to exercising?
4. What would you need to delegate, change, or decide on to start taking care of yourself?
5. What old excuses do you hold onto for not exercising?
This list of questions could go on and on, but I’d love for you to really answer these honestly and be real with yourself. The one thing that getting older has done for me is that I finally have gotten comfortable in my own skin, cellulite and all. I don’t need perfection anymore, but instead I’m enjoying being strong and flexible and healthy.
I suppose that’s my answer to Why Bother Exercising.
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