Stop Moaning. Just Do It.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve received loads of advice from various friends about losing weight. All different. All good. So, this is where it gets tough….whose/what advice do I take? It’s all relative I’m afraid….

Well, as I’ve said before, I consider weight loss to mostly be a psychological problem. I say this in terms of overcoming psychological barriers and ingrained habits that prevent you from achieving what you want to. We all have the tools to lose weight and we all know how to, but it’s putting that knowledge into practice that’s the difficult part. It’s here where our mental resolve fails us most often.

I recently read the following article, and I found it to really ring true….It’s titled “If You Want To Be Fit, Don’t Buy New Running Shoes”! In as nutshell, it deals with feel-good tasks and how they can in fact hinder actual positive productivity.

For example, if I spend ages working out a training schedule or weekly menu, I will feel good, because I’m positively contributing to losing weight. The problem here is that I’ve spent a large amount of time on these schedules and menus instead of actually just going out and exercising or choosing healthy food as I go through the day. These feel-good tasks might not be directly aiding your goals, but you trick yourself into believing that you’ve done something positive, so stop there instead of actually just doing it.

I hope this is all making sense so far….Have a read of the article here if you’d like….or here:

http://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2009/08/05/if-you-want-to-be-fit-don%E2%80%99t-buy-new-running-shoes/

Now, I know different things work for different people, but I just wanted to share this article with you all today. I just don’t want people to lose sight of what they really want to achieve. Instead of spending so much time planning things, just do it. Don’t even think about it. Just get it done. I’m not trying to tell people not to plan anything at all – some structure and goal setting is always good – I just don’t want people to over think things. That’s where the trouble lies.

So, how am I going to incorporate this into my life? Well, I do like planning, so I’m not going to give that up all together. For example, I’m running a 10K in July, so want to stick to a training schedule for that, but I’m going to keep it flexible. I’m going back to roughly working out menus for the week, but only for dinners (I want to cut out carbs for dinner!). BUT (and it’s a big but), I’m going to take every day as it comes. Not plan too much ahead and not think of my goals in big terms, rather tackle each day at a time.

Well, I hope I’ve made some sense in this post. I’d love to know what you all thought about this! :-)

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