I decided that those same people also fall into the category of Waiting For Monday.
Are you one of them? It’s okay, you can tell me.
Are you one of those people who says, I will start on Monday. I will start after New Years.
I will begin right after vacation, after this weekend’s dinner party, after Sunday’s birthday cake, after my coworker’s aunt’s best friend’s graduation…and any other life moment you can conjure up just to put off getting started with your fitness routine or cleaner eating lifestyle.
I never understood this Waiting For Monday approach, because to me, it’s just another excuse.
Just another way to refer to what you want to change about yourself as a negative thing that needs to be put off because it is too dreadful to implement today.
The mound of laundry in my house gets put off.
I can easily ignore the pile to be folded and quite often I will take the socks out of the dryer as I need them while saying I will come back to fold the rest of the load later.
Okay, I will fold it in the morning. By tomorrow night. Really, I swear. I will get to it.
I cannot imagine treating my body as I do my laundry.
You want to eat a little cleaner? What are you waiting for? What is any different about Monday?
You want to start going to the gym? Why are you waiting until New Year’s Day? Go today. Just go. Stop putting it off.
Eating healthier is NOT a bad thing. Eating healthier DOES NOT mean you never enjoy yourself again. Making the decision to eat more vegetables on a regular basis DOES NOT mean that burgers and fries and wine and cookies are off the menu.
Waiting for Monday further fuels this false belief that a healthier lifestyle is an all or nothing approach.
This is the exact mindset which often sets most of society up for failure and contributes to yo-yo dieting, weight gain, anxiety, depression and lots of money wasted on fad diet plans and gym memberships that never get used.
It need not be this way.
I wish people could understand that just making the decision to start incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their diet, throwing in some exercise, making it a point to focus on what you CAN do rather than what you CAN’T do is really pretty simple.
It’s not about a diet. It’s not about a temporary quick fix or restriction. It’s not about living on small packages of food supplied to you by a company for the rest of your life or out of containers which measure away every morsel you allow yourself to eat.
You can still eat your favorite foods. You can still go out for dinner, enjoy yourself at a party and on vacation.
I kinda had this cake last night even though I am all caked out but I think I found myself a new favorite.
When the majority of your lifestyle is balanced with nutritious foods and regular exercise, you have that wiggle room to live and enjoy as your social calendar (and cravings) dictate.
And really, putting your sneakers on to move yourself instead of just sitting there on the couch talking about how you should move yourself will actually make you feel more energized and better about life overall.
It may not seem so at first, but you will see. If you just got off the couch now instead of talking over and over about your plan for January 1st.
So tell me, what is so dreadful about adding a side salad to your lunch today, having a few more servings of fruit in place of the packaged snacks which are mushed and crumbled because they fell out of a vending machine and going to the gym today or for a walk/run outside for thirty minutes?
It’s Thursday, I know, but it’s okay, you don’t have to wait until Monday.