This is the most common obstacle to being a consistent exerciser. And lack of consistency is the most common reason for not reaching our health and fitness goals.
Lie: As soon as I find the time, I will begin.
Truth: As soon as I begin, I'll find the time.
Don’t ask me why it works that way, I just know it does. For me, the perfect time to start never came. But the pain of being stuck the way I was finally outweighed the excuses and the lies.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anaïs Nin
It takes risk and vulnerability to set out on this path. I understand that. I understand that if you look back on your path, you may see failures and pain. That may make you feel safer just being tight in a bud.
What if I step out and get hurt again?
What if I try and fail? What if I fall?
“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask "What if I fall?"
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?” – Erin Hanson
We’ve all failed and we’ve all fallen. It is OK. The brave thing, that one thing we must do, is keep going. There is nothing that can’t be forgiven and overcome. It is the belief that the mistake or misstep is so bad that glues our feet to the floor and keeps us stuck. Not anything we ever did.
And if you have come to the place where you cannot do this on your own, that is great! Pray.
Please rebuild my temple
And restore my body.
Please repair my relationship with food.
May that which I have used to hurt myself
Become a blessing and a blessing only
In my life.
Help me to forgive myself for my misuse of food,
And teach me how to begin again.
May I learn to eat in a holy way.
Thank you, God.
Amen. – Marianne Williamson
We need to keep going, learning, and walking this path together; honoring our bodies, our lives, and our divine nature. Remember, no one is ever too far gone and it is absolutely never too late.