Health and Fitness in real life

I think we need to start focusing more on a to be list and not on a to do list.

You know how we always say – after this vacation I am going to lose weight/join the gym/work on journaling. After this weekend, after my birthday or after I finish my studies. Well that is a to do list, you postpone, you put a pause button on, and you delay your goals. Ultimately you sabotage your progress and it only leads you to a darker place that is difficult to get out of. We develop an all or nothing attitude, this is not health and fitness in real life.

I absolutely believe we should give everything our best, so when the time isn’t right and you cannot dedicate yourself.  Then we must accept the time just isn’t right. We can change that attitude though. What is wrong with just giving your effort every single day? Regrouping and resuming is overrated. What ends up happening is that you sabotage your goals, you yo-yo diet and you wait for your fresh start to get it right. Like I said, how do you get out of the dark place you keep digging yourself deeper into?

We always think starting later will feel better than starting now

That we aren’t strong enough now or that we have yet to gain the tools to cope with change. That isn’t true! What popular ‘find your perfect bikini bod’ challenges teach us, is that fast and killer programs that require super focus for a short period of time are the answer. This, however, is not representative of our lives. Our lives involve celebrations, dramas and traumas as well as downright lazy periods. We need to harness the skill of lifelong health and fitness care, or rather lifestyles! Wow I said it! The magic word- LIFESTYLE.

This is the reason I have focused so much on habit transformation lately.

Habits set in place means there is no going back. It is what it is. You feel amazing and cannot fathom not having that in your life. An example for me is my water drinking. I feel lost without a water bottle on me. Even more so is my need to move. Without exercise I feel scatter brained and cannot cope with daily tasks. It sounds silly but I liken this to a shower or brushing my teeth. The habit is so ingrained in me now that excluding it is unfathomable. It isn’t to say I don’t have bad days in this lifestyle. But at least I keep focus on the few things that move the needle towards my goals. The couple habits that make a difference.

When life isn’t perfect we hit the pause button. We are building our lifestyles on a house of cards. Life happens, over and over again. To be honest, I can’t say I have felt like this a lot in my life. But I can say if I ever feel this way the first thing that comes to mind is why start over again? What can I do now to keep moving forward. Things aren’t necessarily going to get easier, just do something to keep in motion and keep the momentum up. That is when you know you have built a lifestyle.

This is health and fitness in real life, this is healthy eating in real life. No pause buttons, just real hard work and effort day in and day out. 1 step, 1 something, no pause and 1 goal in mind to always work towards.

Keep at it lovelies! Crazy season has nothing on you, enjoy in moderation

Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.healthandfitness

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