That one made me laugh. Oh, yes. To come down to earth with a bang. I know when that happened for me on my fitness journey.
Once upon a time, I was an overweight smoker who had just been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. I needed to change if I wanted to be healthy. Step number one, after years of trying, I finally quit smoking. Step number two, I got my kidney disorder under control. All that was left was step number three. I needed to lose weight.
Do you have any idea how much information is out there on weight loss? Trying to decipher it all was a nightmare, it was all so contradictory and inconsistent.
I tried diets. I tried pills. I tried shakes. I tried pre-packaged weight loss food. I tried the point system. I tried shaming myself into action. I tried and tried and tried. I tried so many things, I nearly gave up, believing that fitness and weight loss just didn't work for me.
I admit it, I was in denial.
The truth was I needed to exercise every day. Nothing else works long term. But I was so overwhelmed by the idea of fitting daily exercise, that I did not like to do, into my already crammed schedule of work, husband, kids, house, that there was just No Way.
Then I came down to earth with a bang, and reality bit me.
It said, "Sue, you can keep trying all these strategies to get out of exercising (which is all that diets are, really), or you can knock it off and get started."
But an hour a day? I'd rather starve myself and write down every calorie and keep it below 1,200 and suck on ice cubes and munch on rice cakes and eat Lean Cuisines because I can have lunch for 260 calories and then not have to put on this t-shirt and these shoes and get sweaty and miss my show besides I love bread and hate vegetables and cardio is boring and I'm not going into that big gym and lifting weights I'm sure there's another way I don't need to eat so much I'll control it oh wait Girl Scout cookies.
Reality bites into a thin mint as I come down to earth with a bang. This isn't working.
What worked? Exercise! Daily sweaty awesome endorphin pumping fitness-friend making, brain balancing, butt tightening, core strengthening, triceps toning, calorie burning, happiness producing, mood leveling, weight lifting, cardio blasting you heard me right an hour a day exercise.
Here's what I learned. An hour a day sounded like torture because I didn't believe it would work! I believed that it would be wasted time, that I didn't have to waste.
The truth is, it worked. As I came to understand the value of the investment I was making of that hour a day, I was more than willing to trade it out for my time on Facebook, Netflix, watching TV, whatever.
Lie: I don't have time.
Truth: Once I begin, I'll make time because I will feel so fabulous that I'll actually come to protect that time as sacred, me-time.
I know the reality now. It's not just exercise. It's health, freedom, independence, strength, peace and self-love, and that is worth every minute.