I just got back from hot hot Las Vegas last week where I spent four days with over 7,000 other health and fitness coaches learning how to better help YOU achieve your goal of becoming fitter and healthier. I learned a whack load of great things that I’ll be sharing with you over the months but sometimes you learn the coolest stuff when you’re not sitting in a seminar room! One of my best takeaways occurred when I observed the behaviour of myself and the other coaches in the hotel and it made me realize the difference between those who start, achieve and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and those who don’t.
One of the most common activities that us coaches did leading up to the conference and the during the first day we got there was to do something we do at home every week – we got ourselves groceries. Some of us (like myself and my roomie) ordered from a grocery delivery service enough food to last us our breakfasts, lunches, snacks and about two dinners. Others took taxi’s or got rides with others to a local grocery store to get the same. Many others brought tons of snacks from home and packed it in their checked baggage and just as many of us made sure to bring healthy snacks for the flight there and back.
When I posted a photo of my morning oatmeal (I had instant and because we didn’t have a coffee maker for me to heat up water I ended up using hot water from the tap), I was fascinated to hear a variety of responses to this simple incident. Some people encouraging me to indulge and others expressing outright horror that I, *gasp*, used water from the bathroom tap.
THIS is what’s keeping you from from achieving your health goals, my friends. In order to achieve a goal you’ve never achieved before, you’re going to have to DO things you’ve never done!
People who DON’T lose the weight and keep it off leave their food to fate. They assume they’ll find something healthy so don’t plan ahead. Those who achieve their goals rarely head out without a plan. The food at our hotel was VERY expensive with very few healthy options. The $30 I spent on ordering groceries was enough to last me for 4 days and I only ate out twice.
People who DON’T lose the weight and keep it off use their vacation time as an excuse to indulge in all of their favourite foods and most don’t even bother to keep up the workouts they were working so hard on before they left saying they’ll “get back to it” AFTER their vacation. Those who achieve their goals DO leave room for an indulgent meal (I had two AMAZING meals while I was gone) but they don’t make it EVERY meal and all make sure to stay active (even if it’s not the same workouts they were doing before) during their vacation because, like brushing your teeth, people who achieve their fitness goals know that workouts don’t take a vacation…
In other words, if you want to achieve your health and fitness goals you’re going to have to act and think like someone who’s already achieved what you want. Study the behaviours of people who have successfully lost weight and kept it off and start acting accordingly because if you continue to act the way you always have, you’re just going to get what you’ve always got, make sense?
There are no shortcuts here and no magic solution here, if you’re not willing to alter your behaviour even the slightest bit, you’ll never achieve your goals. Coming from someone who was overweight her entire life and never really had any healthy influences, I had to practically learn a whole new language of healthy behaviours and attitudes for me to get to where I am today and gain the confidence to keep at it because it’s not easy and my behaviours aren’t perfect. I slip back into “what normal people do” mode often enough and have to consciously slip back into “fit people” mode and for most fit people this is not just second nature, it’s a daily decision to keep up these habits. I have studied very fit people and those who have successfully lost and kept off weight for several years now and by adopting their habits and ideas have been able to get to where I am today without having to worry about gaining it all back.
YOU have to decide, however, if it’s worth it. Is it worth it to use hot water from the tap so you can stay on track or leave your breakfast in the hands of fate potentially destroying any work you’ve done up to that point? It’s entirely up to you.