When you make the decision that you’re going to start eating healthier, do you wait until the following Monday to start? If you decide that you’re going to exercise more regularly, do you tell yourself that you’re going to start at the beginning of the next month? Why do we do this to ourselves? All we’re doing is delaying something good from happening.
Why you shouldn’t have a “start date”.
It’s not like we decide to have a healthier lifestyle to punish ourselves… We want to be healthier because we have a goal in mind. We want more energy. We don’t want to have to worry about all the diseases that come with living an unhealthy lifestyle. We want to fit in those jeans that have been in the closet for the last 5 years. So why not just start now? Make the decision to start being healthier and start right now!
By placing a start date, you’re extending the amount of time that you’re going to be living an unhealthy lifestyle. In the time that you’re dreading that start date, you run the risk of intimidating yourself out of it completely. The date will come and go, and you’ll still be as unhealthy as you were when you were feeling good about changing your lifestyle. When you’re feeling good about changing your lifestyle for the better, make the commitment, and get started right away. By the time you get to that same “start day” you were planning, you’ll already be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
In the time that you’re waiting, and most likely dreading the start date, there’s a good chance that you’ll want to binge on all of the food that you think you’re going to have to cut out of your diet. You’ll be eating more unhealthy food than you would normally, getting much more calories than you should, and even gain more pounds that you’re just going to have to try and lose again. By waiting, you’re not just delaying your start to a healthier lifestyle, you’re going in the complete opposite direction.
The same goes if ever you think you’ve fallen off the wagon. Don’t just put a new start date in and erase all of the hard work you’ve put into reaching your goals, just learn from the experience and get back on track. A lifestyle choice like this shouldn’t have a specific timeline. It should start right away, and be celebrated every time you reach your goals.
Don’t set a deadline for goals either, because that’s just setting yourself up for feeling like a failure if you don’t meet your goal. Instead, enjoy every step that you take towards reaching your goal, and when you reach it, you’ll be celebrating the fact that you reached your goal, and avoiding the potential downfall of missing a deadline.
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