Change it: The moment you think “I’ll start tomorrow,” ask yourself what little step forward you can make RIGHT NOW. Not later in the day, but that exact moment. Can you make a small tweak with what you’re about to order for lunch, or refill your water glass before you type another email? You might fear change, but the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll see results. You can do this.
When you get out of the habit of regular exercise, it’s easy to blame it on your busy schedule, family life or a host of other things. But the fact is, your days aren’t going to get any longer.
Change it: Instead of telling yourself, “I don’t have time,” say, “I choose not to exercise today. Instead, I’m choosing to watch TV, or to stay late at work,” or whatever else you’ve got going on. Reminding yourself that you’re making a choice on how to spend your time makes it a lot harder to let yourself off the hook, and it’s also empowering. It reminds you that you do have control over your day and what happens within those 24 hours. If you’re skipping a workout, that’s OK, but do it because you choose to.
When you’re eating well and working out regularly but still not seeing results, it’s definitely easier to say ‘I have a slow metabolism’ than to take a hard look at what you’re doing, or perhaps not doing. And while it’s true that some people are genetically predisposed to being overweight, there are tons of possibilities for why you’re not losing weight, most of them leading back to your own habits.
Change it: Instead of sitting back and placing the blame on something you can’t control, replace that power- robbing thought with the truth: “I have the power to change my health and fitness.” Whether it’s fitting in a few muscle-building moves throughout your day, stepping up the intensity of your workouts, or choosing smarter snacks, there are plenty of things you can do to step up your metabolism—and none of them involve pointing the finger at something beyond your control.