Many people reach a certain age, or waist size, and decide to make changes in their lives and get fit again. Some succeed, others give up and fail. Why?
My ‘lightbulb moment’ came a few years ago when I turned 39, and somehow I felt a compulsion to try to get fit again. Part of it was about losing some weight and looking and feeling better, but equally it was about wanting to look after myself so that I’m more likely to be around for my wife and kids.
There are so many things we can outsource in our lives. Laundry, shopping, cooking, garden maintenance, the list goes on.
You can’t pay somebody else to get fit for you. It’s down to you.
For me, that was a key part of why I stuck at it. It was about taking control of my life and feeling that I was making the decisions about what happened to me, rather than just passively going along with things and blindly accepting that weight gain, lethargy and a general decline in physical fitness was par for the course once you hit 40.
I’ve read some amazing stories online, of people who have totally transformed their lives and lost tonnes of weight (not quite literally!). I’ve been gobsmacked by some of the ‘before and after’ photos I’ve seen of people who got into cycling, and stuck at it. It’s so inspirational.
My own transformation was more about attitude rather than a physical change (I was never obese, for example) but what still fascinates me is why some people can stick with it, and others can’t get started (despite wanting to), or can’t stick with it.
So, “Why do so many fail?” is the wrong question. What helps some people succeed?
What I’m really interested in, is why some people can make a lasting change in their lives, and others give up and go back to the sofa.
I’d like you, dear readers, to volunteer your insight.
For all of you who have been through this, and feel like you made a positive, lasting change in your life:
What did you do that helped?
What tricks or tips can you offer, to inspire others to keep at it?
What made the biggest difference to you?
How did you keep your motivation going, even through times when you couldn’t be bothered?
Make a life-saving comment.
I would love to hear your stories.
Just think – your comments could inspire somebody else to get fit. You could actually save somebody’s life!
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