Day Three- You Didn’t Get Fat Yesterday
In our instant-gratification world, where attention spans are less than a hummingbird’s and people think they can multi-task—on several devices, it’s natural some might get discouraged when they get on a health program and don’t see immediate results.
“I had a salad yesterday and I didn’t lose any weight. I don’t think this works.”
Whoa. Slow down. Perspective check.
You didn’t get where you are today, yesterday.
You won’t get to where you want to be, tomorrow.
You WILL arrive with the right attitude, education, action, and persistence. And patience, I might add.
You didn’t get where you are today, yesterday. You won’t get to where you want to be, tomorrow. You WILL arrive with the right attitude, education, action, and persistence. And patience.
It’s important in the first few days (or weeks, depending on your present condition) to not get discouraged if you don’t see instant results.
Come on now. How long did it take you to get to this point?
For me, I know it has been several months—OK, three. Alright four. Dammit, six already— of too many pizzas and pasta dishes, and way too many nights with my friends Bud, Stella, Sam Adams, Foster, Miller, and the rest.
So, baby steps my friend, and partner in health.
If you get a bit discouraged as you begin the journey, don’t look at the top of the mountain and compare it to where you are right now and think about how hard it is, and that you’ve made no progress. That might make it seem insurmountable.
To get to mile marker 100, when you start at one, you need to go through two, three, four, and so on. There’s no flux capacitor to transport you to the future.
To keep yourself going, remind yourself of your WHY, how good that will look and feel, and visualize yourself already there.
I learned a long time ago—and had it validated by years of training, coaching kids’ sports and adults in sales, and raising kids—that the only person who can ultimately motivate you is YOU. You are the CEO and COO of your body, and your life.
The first time I really understood the dynamics of motivation was when I listened to Tony Robbins’ original Personal Power cassette tape program in the mid-80’s. He didn’t invent the concept of course, but his presentation of pleasure and pain hit home with me. Essentially, we’ll only enact change when we associate massive pleasure to doing it, and massive pain to not doing it.
Here’s a tip for you that works for me and others:
- Write down all of the pleasure you will get from getting healthy. For example: feeling more alive every day; having the clothes that are tight right now become loose; liking what you see in the mirror; feeling the firmness of muscles instead of flab; not having a roll over the top of your jeans; lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels to lessen the worry of heart disease… (I didn’t make those up, by the way.)
- Write down all of the pain you would experience if you don’t change. For example: feeling miserable every time you struggle to button your pants and the rolls pop over; worse, the indignity of having to go buy LARGER clothes; continuing to feel blah; rationalizing that you’re not THAT fat, when you know you are lying to yourself; getting diabetes, cancer, or having a heart attack and all of the ongoing pain associated with those; umm, dying way too soon.
Yes, make your list explicit. Dream big, bold, and colorful with your pleasure. And scare the living hell out of yourself with your pain. Because your real-life results will be explicit, whether they be positive or negative. Keep it with you. Read it every day. Remind yourself of it when you get discouraged. Record it as a voice memo on your phone and listen to it when you are at the gym or walking.
Think of how often have you said, “Wow, where has the time gone? It seem like just yesterday that…” Time does, fly, right?
Well, you will be saying the same thing after your healthy journey, and you have accomplished the things you set out to. Stick with it. You know you want those results, and you WILL get them!
About the Author
For over 33 years Art has helped sales pros worldwide with the what-to-say messaging, and inspiration to succeed in sales. Now he is adding the third essential side of the Sales Professional Success Triangle to the mix: health. Sign up to get his regular health posts here, and his sales tips at http://SmartCalling.com.