“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked.
“Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.”
With these profound words, Ernest Hemingway spoke of how the rich become poor - but the same sentences whisper perfectly of how rich HEALTH can ebb away.
Slowly at first, but then all at once.
For the majority of people, re-gaining weight or losing fitness does not happen overnight.
At first, the methods that drove success are relaxed in a very small way.
“I’m so tired tonight, i’ll put my feet up and watch TV instead of working out.”
Where before, the approach was to ‘do it anyway’, reaping the rewards that finishing a workout brought - now, with goals met - it is all too easy for the rules of engagement to change.
We all do it.
Yet, the door of discipline closes slowly.
It rarely makes the expectant slam that would wake you up to see the potential in its loss. If it did, we wouldn’t fail to miss it.
Beware the insidious nature of its disappearing act.
- Take note whenever you decide to miss a workout
- Switch your mind on to the moments that your emotions drive your eating decisions
- Stay alert to any signal of complacency
Isolated moments such as these will cause you no problems, provided you understand how easily they can turn into habits.
For ‘health’ is like taking a bath. It must be done daily...
It will never become easy
Perhaps too many in the fitness industry are afraid to say this - fearful of scaring people away from their new 6 week health kicks and the dollars that follow them.
I do not share this fear, because I know that only by confronting truth can you truly live a life of health - and my aim for our members is perpetual health, not rapid change.
- If you don’t keep health as a priority, it will fade away - slowly at first, and then all at once. It can never be abused and ignored, it must constantly be nurtured.
- When you hit your goals - maintaining results is easier physically than making progress - you don’t need to train as hard and you can relax your diet...but…
- ...it is harder psychologically - you now have to exercise and eat healthily without the obvious prizes that each week brings - lost weight, improved tone, improved fitness. This is a shift that must be overcome.
Once you hit your goals, you must see health as a requirement of life:
- Go to work to pay the bills
- Take a bath to stay clean
- Brush your teeth to avoid the dentist drill and bad breath
- Drink water to stay hydrated
- Exercise to be fit and healthy
- Eat well to be fit and healthy
I am writing this because I believe that through empowering people with the truth, rather than the information they want to hear, you set them free.
If you want to be healthy for the rest of your life, you must always exercise and eat healthily.
No matter how long you do it for, no matter how fit and healthy you are, will never be done…not in 6 weeks, 8 weeks or 24 weeks.
Sometimes, it will be hard and it will always require a level of sacrifice.
There, I said it.
The good news is, it’s about the best sacrifice you will ever make.