You wanna know a secret?
Nobody’s making you be healthy.
Or eat healthy.
Or workout more.
Nobody’s sitting there with a list of diet and exercise goals, saying “You should be eating more vegetables. You need to drink more water. You really ought to workout more.”
You’re the only one with a list of “shoulds” for your health. The internet’s recommendations notwithstanding.
And you’re certainly the only one who can make change.
I’ve wished, many times, that there was someone who could sweep into my life and shape things up a bit. But the reality is, I’m the one who’s setting my own expectations, and I’m the one who chooses to live up to them…or not.
It’s so easy to spend my time and energy “should-ing” all over myself, and never actually doing anything
But here’s the thing, in health (and life!) you and I have a powerful weapon. And it’s one that we tend to ignore, or forget.
It’s called motivation.
It’s simply knowing what you want and how bad you want it.
What if, instead of doing things because they’re “good for you,” you did them because you wanted to? Or because you enjoyed them? Or because they’re hard, but rewarding – and you want. that. reward?
Whether it’s eating more fruits and veggies, trying a low-carb challenge, or working out consistently, the key to long-term success is finding something that you LOVE. Whether it’s the process or the result that appeals to you, use that motivation for all it’s worth.
Brainstorm for a minute. What are some things you know you “should” do, but haven’t committed to? Ask yourself – how bad do I want it? And why do I want it?
Instead of an “I should” phrase, make an “I want” phrase.
“I want to quit sugar so I’ll have more energy and clearer skin, which will make me more confident.”
Or “I want to work out five times per week because I want to feel strong.”
Or “I want to try a new vegetable every week because I love when the grocery clerk has to ask me what a piece of produce because apparently no one. else. ever. buys. it.”
(Maybe not that last one….)
And maybe, when you take a look at some of those “shoulds” you’ll realize that you don’t want them. Not badly enough to do anything about it, at least.
And that’s fine. Ditch the guilt and know that it’s up to you.
You don’t have to be any healthier than you wanna be.
Pour your energy into the things you love, not the things you have to force yourself to do.
So what do you want? Leave a comment and let me know how you’re going to work that motivation, instead of just “should-ing” yourself to death.
I’d love to hear from you, so you really should share.
(See what I did there?)