Quitting Your Program
Quitting is easy. We do it all the time. The sad thing? We usually throw in the towel quickly for the things that matter most while dragging our feet on quitting the things that hurt us most.
Take your fitness program for example. It’s easy to quit P90X. It’s easy to quit Insanity. It’s also easy to quit eating for nutrition and easier still to quit our goals and dreams because we can do them “tomorrow”.
Thing is, tomorrow will always be attached to another tomorrow and pretty soon you’re looking back at 365 days + of used up “tomorrows”… 365 wasted “todays” you could have been used to accomplish and surpass your goals of of NOW.
Good news! There’s a simple solution:
Quitting–or better yet, NOT quitting– is a mind game. It’s a back and forth we play every day in some part when faced with a decision… and your decisions are easy: Work out/Don’t work out. Eat in a way that will accomplish your goals/Eat in a way that won’t. The decision TO work out or eat right gets you somewhere. That somewhere is peace of mind, self-esteem, energy and a new zest for life.
The decision not to… well, it simply keeps you firmly planted in your own Groundhog Day. And for what you can offer yourself and the world, that’s kind of tragic.
In a recent Coach Forum, Insanity graduate Stacey Chapman really put it all home with a personal example– one she allowed me share here at How Do I Get Fit. Stacey offers up some great words of advice from personal experience on the bummer that is “quitting”:
I have been reading over the last few days how some people are quitting this workout or that workout because it’s too hard or they aren’t seeing the results they want, when they want.
What I can tell you is this…
Eating clean and exercising should be a life choice, not necessarily because you want to see a magic number on the scale or to fit in a certain size clothing… I have called myself a ‘professional dieter’ for years and I am the first to say yo yo dieting and extreme dieting are very damaging to your health and I have suffered health issues because of how I have chosen to live my life in the past.
I have successfully taken over my eating habits over the last year and have slowly lost weight and gotten into better physical, mental and emotional health.
Insanity has been a blessing to me- I took the leap earlier this year and began the program. I recently completed my 2nd Round and started the Asylum program this week.
Did I see all the results that I wanted with Insanity? Not 100%. Every body is different and it’s not fair to you to compare yourself to others. We all have different goals and body types. I have lost 4 dress sizes with Insanity and more importantly I am gaining better health each day I exercise and eat clean.
I have also gained something that can not be measured and that is my self esteem. I found the happy me that was lost for many years because I was mortified by the way I looked. I am a work in progress and I am not going to stop. I have a goal I want to reach for my next birthday and I plan on getting there. The greatest thing through all of this is I am the role model I want to be for my two boys and improving my health will let me be here with them for many years to come.
So, why do I share all of this? Because if you are thinking that it’s time for you to give up. I am here to say, don’t let it be an option for you. Your mind is in control even when your body says no. Try each day to live your life to the best of your ability and be proud for who you are and all that you have accomplished. God bless!
Think Stacey would be where she is emotionally and physically today if she’d quit her program six months ago? Not at all. Her rewards were found in the continued pursuit of her goals and you can bet there’s many more to come.
So where are you? Are you now looking back after quitting? Are you teetering on the verge of walking away? Or has quitting never crossed your mind? No matter where you’re at… it’s time for a paradigm shift. Quitting isn’t a relief… it’s a road block. It’s a wall you place between you and where you really, genuinely want to–and deserve to- be.
Quitting is your enemy. Quitting gives you nothing… and you’re very much worth something!
Hunker down, recommit and let’s do this! I’ve got your back all the way.
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