As someone who absolutely needs to workout 5-7 days a week and often (I would like to think) has a positive demeanor, I often get friends who say “Ugh, I wish I could be you!” or “I just don’t know how you do it?!” or “You must be superhuman!”
News flash: I am certainly not superhuman and I certainly didn’t just wake up one morning loving the gym and feeling like sunshine and rainbows. No, in fact, it took a very long time (very – think years), a lot of help, support and research to finally achieve balance and an overall feeling of content. It’s no understatement to say that there were high highs and low lows. It took plenty of trials and tribulations to finally reach where I am today – and guess what? There are still days when I wake up and I would love nothing more than to stay in bed and order a bacon, egg and cheese bagel with a side of fries. There are days where I would wish for nothing more than to be left alone to sulk and wallow, but through positive mindset changes and shifts applied to my predominantly healthy lifestyle I can say there are more days where I feel energized, motivated and genuinely interested in providing positive energy for those I surround myself with.
It all starts with shifts in your mindset that lead to a more fulfilling, energetic and abundant life. Hey, you might even fall in love with your new healthy lifestyle. Below are some mindset shifts you need to make in order to not only fall in love with the gym, but fall in love with your life.
1. Stop thinking there’s a quick fix for everything.
I’m sorry but that 7-day juice cleanse, 24-day diet or 1-month challenge will not last. You will get bored of it and go back to your old ways. If it’s weight you’re looking to lose, you need to maintain balance and make small changes to your daily routine. Instead of eating only kale and cucumbers for 30 days, try simply swapping out one meal daily for a sensible salad. If you want to fall in love with working out, try starting off with going to the gym 3 days a week instead of a full blown 6. By making subtle changes you may not lose 20 pounds in one month, maybe not even 2 or 3 months, but with time your body will become leaner, stronger, faster and anything you want it to be – but it will last. Just know that it takes time and that consistent, moderate effort in anything is a whole lot better than short bouts of intense effort. It’s a marathon, not a race.