Everyone faces them: the dreaded obstacles and setbacks in one’s fitness goals, healthy lifestyles, or weight issues. Human nature demands we face these challenges head-on, but how do we overcome our setbacks? Action — it shapes us all into a stronger, more determined, and inspiring individual.
Throughout my own fitness goals, training programs, and weight issues, I have been faced with my own set of reoccurring obstacles. My body starts to ache for no apparent reason. I have a tendency to obsess about a number. I (sadly) limit certain food groups; and yes, to be honest, there are days when I just want to throw in the towel. I have learned not everything goes as planned when you decide to start living a healthy and fit lifestyle. You become so focused on the numbers, the workouts, and the types of foods you should (or shouldn’t eat) that, after becoming stressed, you lose site of the overall focus goal.
In this moment, the very instant you start to doubt yourself, you have to remember the feeling you experience when your feet hit the pavement or when you start pumping iron at the gym. You have to believe in yourself. You are doing amazing things no matter what people may say or what your fitness progress is showing. Making a conscious effort to live a healthy and fit lifestyle is the best feeling you will ever have in your life; it puts everything in perspective. A healthy and fit lifestyle feels great and has its own rewards. However, it comes with its due share of challenges, troubles, and frustrations.
I’ve learned the most important part of living a healthy and fit lifestyle should not be stressing about a number. It should not be what you can and can’t eat. And, you should never, try to please everyone but only yourself. It’s about you. Living a healthy and fit lifestyle is about accepting yourself, as who you are, and becoming the best version of yourself as possible! You have to become happy with yourself first to see the changes (and the differences) you have made with your lifestyle. Only be accepting yourself and your own fitness plan can you actually start appreciating your newly established routine. Life is too short to worry about numbers on a scale, how “skinny” you look, or if your waistline expands a certain way. As long as you can make healthy choices in regards to food, staying committed to exercising, and remaining motivated then you are doing everything right. You are living a healthy and fit lifestyle!
So remember, “Today is my tomorrow. It’s up to me to shape it, to take control and seize every opportunity. The power is in the choices I make each day. I eat well, I live well, I shape me!” – Unknown