As a Personal Trainer who basically lives in the gym, I hear and see people everyday who desire to better themselves. I see people who are young, old, and in between. I see people who are single, dating, married, or have been married. People who are wealthy and others who are struggling financially. BUT the one thing they all have in common is they are there taking time out of their day to work on their level of fitness. Some train hard, others, well they prefer not to sweat. :) But needless to say, they're there.
Some individuals I have met are similar to myself who have had a rough past, and others are there where it seems like they've never had a struggle at all. However, I love the fact they are taking that time for them. It may be there escape from work, family, personal issues and others are just there because they KNOW they need to workout for bettering their life. But to be honest, the individuals that I struggle with understanding are the people who don't put out the effort to better themselves. I hear it all the time, "Well I ate "A Salad" the other day, why aren't I losing weight?" Or "I worked out 1-2 times last week, I can't believe I'm not losing weight". REALITY: It doesn't happen like that! You can't keep putting out little effort and expecting grand results. I am that person! I did it for several years! I was the person who ate the salad and would weigh myself the next day thinking I HAD to of lost 5lbs! Or workout really really hard for two hours and BARELY eat anything and weigh in the next day and be up 2 pounds. Weight loss and becoming healthier is a lifestyle change. Nothing more and nothing less. I won't say it's EASY, but I will say it's a process. It's a process of practicing self discipline when I really would like to just go to Sonic because that's easier than planning out my meals. It's putting into action my workouts that I've been skipping because I tell myself I don't have time. CORRECTION: THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH TIME, YOU MAKE TIME!
I put myself in this equation because I've been there. And I still am there! Heck ya I STILL struggle with over eating, under eating, not having enough time, wanting to skip workouts- I'M NO SUPERWOMAN, I'm HUMAN. But to be honest with you, as much as I seem like I have my mess of life together, I don't! Yes, I'm a Christian and to be honest, my struggle is with making time for God daily. I LOVE to workout, so I'll MAKE time for a 2 hour workout. However, why is it a struggle to get up and go to a 2 hour church service? OR take 20-30 minutes out of my day to sit down, read my bible and pray? Alison, it's not about HAVING time, it's about MAKING time.
For myself, I recognize I've been making excuses, BUT my PLAN of action is my self evaluation and committing to a new plan. This month of October, I've committed to myself to take 20 minutes EVERY day to sit down and read and pray. No more skipping, NO MORE SLACKING! I ask you, what are you half-assing? Self evaluate? What have you been making excuses for? Acknowledge your fault, BUT create a plan of ACTION to better yourself. If you've been cheating yourself, stop it and learn from it. Stop holding yourself back. I've been there, am there, and only offer realness as I speak from my own personal humbled experiences.
Know that you are in my prayers, each and every single one of you.