You are considering starting that new workout program, a new diet or both. On the surface, you tell yourself you are ready to do this but that stupid voice inside your head (or the blerch on your shoulder) keeps saying “What’s the point?”
What’s the point of even starting? I’m just going to quit after the first week like I have every other time. (this was mine for a long time)
What’s the point of eating healthy if I am working out? I will lose weight no matter what. (this is my current stuggle…and totally false)
What’s the point of even trying? I can only get 3 workouts in per week and that isn’t going to help me lose this weight. (I heard this from a friend just yesterday)
What’s the point? I have so much weight to lose it’s impossible.
What’s the point of trying to be the only one eating healthy in a house of 5 people?
What’s the point of spending all of the extra time and money to make a healthy meal when the kids end up not eating it and would be happier with pizza and mac and cheese?
What’s the point of pushing myself if I am just going to quit?
What’s the point of working out if I am going to eat junk and just ruin my results?
I can’t silence the voice. I wish I could. Life would be so much easier if our inner voice wasn’t sabotaging us.
So…what IS the point? What IS the point of working out for just 10 minutes? What IS the point of pushing yourself, or eating right, or starting again, or being the healthy one in a family, or losing that first pound just to gain it back?
The point is…doing SOMETHING, anything, that makes you a better person today than you were yesterday is a step forward in the journey of living a healthy life. The inspiration FOR the healthy life is rooted in your why and if your why is so powerful that it makes you want to cry, then you know you are moving forward for the right reason…your kids, your spouse, your enjoyment in life, longevity etc.
This journey has no finish line so you are either getting better or getting worse. It’s impossible to stay in the same place. If you think you are staying in the same place, that is because you take one step in the right direction, then one or two in the wrong direction. That is why consistency is so important. We want to at least be taking two steps forward for every step back.
Therefore, do that one workout even if you don’t know when the next one will be. Eat that salad for lunch even if you have that birthday party tonight. Do something!
The next time you hear yourself say “what’s the point”, stop validating it, tell yourself “one step forward” and go workout.