Written by Dr. Mark
A few weeks ago I was talking to a patient of ours and he was telling me that he’s really good at keeping himself accountable with exercising regularly. He has this mentality that if he misses a day at the gym or just being active, he knows that’s a wasted day that he’s never getting back. Every day he misses sets him back, its a missed opportunity, taking him away from his goal. It’s a great attitude to have, and it’s true. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you should workout every day, rest days are important, but I think what he meant, is missing those days that I should be there. So having a schedule, like getting to the gym 3-4 days a week and missing those days.
For me the hard time of year is coming in about a week. I typically get to the gym 3-4 days each week, but I go in the mornings while my kids are in school. It gets a lot harder to get there when they are home, which it really shouldn’t be, its only an hour and my gym has an area for kids to hang out, where they’ll be safe and should be content. But I know my kids don’t really enjoy going, well they are ok going the first couple times, but they get tired of it when it gets to going that 4 times every week. But is it really their complaints that keep me from going. They complain about school an awful lot, but I don’t let them out of it because of their complaints. Maybe it just becomes an easy excuse when I simply don’t feel like going. But, every day I miss, is a wasted opportunity to be better, to move closer to my goals. I have a few goals, as everyone in my gym was encouraged to come up with a few goals to meet by november. So I know I won’t get there without commitment to consistency. So viewing my exercise in this way, as a missed opportunity, is really a great way to keep myself on track.
After telling me how well this worked for keeping him on track with exercise, he then went on to say, but for some reason, “I can’t seem to get this thought process to carry over to my eating.” But, it really should be viewed the same way he was saying. We give into that temptation, and well we can’t get that meal back, that day of bad eating, again, its a missed opportunity to move closer to our goal. He’s so right, I have the very same struggle as I’m sure many of you do also. It is so easy to slip, and it happens so fast, that one meal just ruins the day, which can turn into ruining the week, and before you know you’ve just gone completely the wrong direction with your diet.
Summer is here. Have fun, enjoy the time with your friends and family. I’m not saying to completely restrict yourself of those great times, those memories you’ll make. What I am saying is to not let it become the routine, of missing the gym, of eating the garbage. You won’t get those missed opportunities back. I struggle with this a lot myself. So I know it’s hard, but not impossible. Stay committed!