Making Your Mind Up
Let's talk about one's typical way of thinking while wondering if they should hit the gym one day or not. Most of the time gym members gotta talk themselves in to going to the gym or at the very least make sure that their days are going absolutely 100% perfect before deciding that today is a good day to go to the gym. (90% of all gym members will skip the gym if they have a doctor appointment, dentist appointment ( some just find it hard to go to a Dr. appt and the gym all in the same day ) if they are working overtime or just working in general ( alot of members find it hard to go to the gym and go to work all in the same day ) if their kids are sick ( some either don't want to leave their kids with their spouse or they don't have anybody else to care for their children, by the way if you tell me your kids have been sick for 4 weeks I won't believe you. I know kids get sick but when you tell me your kids have been sick for 2 weeks then 2 weeks later they have been sick again for 2 weeks then 2 weeks later they've been sick again for 2 weeks Im just going to think you're making excuses. Yea I said it. I'll believe your kids were sick for a week then you skipped 2-3 more weeks before you found your rythm again but I'm not going to believe you had sick kids every single day 24/7 for 3-4 weeks straight in which you just couldn't make it to the gym period. Either you want this or you don't. I have clients that have 2,3 and 4 kids that always find a way to get it done all year round. or if weather doesn't permit ( some gym members don't want to drive in the rain or snow to go to the gym) Basically for people to make it to the gym their lives have to be totally 100% perfect otherwise they figure life is just in the way so their weightloss goals take a back seat. This way of thinking will make it close to impossible to get any kind of momentum going and people that miss the gym for these reasons will often train for 2-3 weeks at a time ( maybe ) followed by a 2-4 week layoff before getting into a rythm for another couple weeks followed shortly by another layoff of 2-4 weeks before finding another 2 week surge of good workouts followed by yet another setback of 2-4 weeks. This is a vicious cycle that will actually make one gain weight due to a yoyo effect. That's another blog topic.
There will never be a perfect time to become a regular at the gym. You simply gotta make your mind up that you want to lose the weight and you are willing to stop at nothing to lose it. Sure, you "would like " to lose 20 lbs, who wouldn't ? But, you gotta first and foremost make the decision that you won't let the obstacles stand in your way because they will never stop coming your way. If you must lose the weight you gotta somehow someway find a way to fit it into your hectic chaotic lifestyle otherwise the alternative is to continue to be unsatisfied with the way you look and feel.
I understand , life gets in the way and it's real easy to put the gym off at difficult times because it's the one thing that even though you go to the gym to better yourself it's easy to put your own needs off first because you put everybody elses needs in front of your own therefore the gym is the first thing to get scratched off the list when times get tough. You deserve to look good and feel good, you owe it to yourself and your children to lead healthier, happier and higher qualities of life. Remind yourself why you started doing this in the first place.