When we first get started on a new health and fitness routine we often have expectations about our journey. But let’s face it. Mostly, we think about the end result.
I get it. That’s why we start. We want something in our life to change so we envision our life with the change in place. We focus on the end result and start to obsess over it.
Sure, we may consider some of the actions we have to take and maybe even worry a little about how hard it’s going to be. But that’s “Future You‘s” problem. Not yours.
What we forget to think about is the journey. Ugh. I know. I’m really tired of the word journey. It feels flowery and fake. But what it really means is the work you have to put in BEFORE you get to your end result.
We love before and after photos because they ignore the work involved to get from point A to point B. It gives us the illusion that it’s instantaneous or easy. We know it’s not but again, that’s “Future You‘s” problem. “Now You” can buy the program, diet pills, wrap and feel productive. But that missing piece is the most important part of the puzzle. It is where you find out what you’re made of. It’s where you find out if you truly want the end result ENOUGH to get to the end of the journey.
And here’s the kicker. If you are truly invested in the journey and not the end result, the end result will actually change.
It will stop being about the scale. Because you realize that it’s only a number and what you want is a certain physique or certain level of strength or to be able to run a marathon or compete in a triathlon. It will no longer be about being 120lbs on the scale because that seems unimportant compared to the new goal you have. And you will be right. It is unimportant. Because the scale is just a number. The results you are after are so much more than that.
Sure, you’ll be pleased about hitting the number on the scale if you reach it but not nearly as much as feeling strong, confident and healthy.
The weight we REALLY have to lose is not on our bodies. It’s in our heads.
Think about it. You know I’m right.