“Fitness and health is a marathon not a sprint.” For those of you who have just started in your fitness and health journey just know that just making the decision to become healthier is a HUGE step and along the way you will have ups and downs, you will take 2 steps backwards to take one step forwards. In my own journey I have taken 5 steps backwards to take 1/2 a step forward. It’s really hard to make changes and stick to them through thick or thin, yes even for professionals.
I think the biggest thing people fail to understand when they are making changes is that it is going to take time and it’s not going to be a quick fix, anyone selling you a quick fix is straight up selling you snake oil. We live in such an instant society that when results aren’t generated quickly it quickly becomes frustrating and then we move onto something else that promises real results in even fast time. The fact of the matter is that it is going to take work and a consistent effort. You will make mistakes, you will become weak and not do the things you said you would do (like make it to the gym) or do the things that you said you wouldn’t do (like eat a whole sheet cake). Its very hard to be perfect and its hard to live up to the perfect expectations that we have for ourselves.
As much as I would like to sugar coat this for you and say, it’s easy to do. I can’t. The process is very simple, it’s just not easy, and all those people that you see on IG or FB flaunting their results and their bodies. Just remember that they have bad days too where they mess up royally and completely mess up on their diet, or skip the gym for 2-3 days in a row, or have other things going on in their lives that they don’t show. Not to mention these people are not you! They have strengths and weaknesses just like anyone else, its not even a fair comparison if you compare yourself to them.
Long story short, being healthy, looking good, and feeling good is a marathon not a sprint.