I find this question super intriguing, especially when talking about fitness. If I ask most folks if they believe they are honest, I bet most will raise their hand.
But in truth, all of you would be lying to yourself. We all lie! There’s no way around it. Even if you are the holiest of saints, or a kid with his hand in the cookie jar, we all do it. And the most common lie is to ourselves! Let me explain…
Let’s take a topic we are extremely familiar with. RELATIONSHIPS. We have so many people we care about. Family, friends, co-workers, etc. We lie to each of them everyday. I hate to say this, because I strive to be as honest as I can.
How many times has someone asked you a question about how something looks and you haven’t told them your gut reaction? Most of us. We choose to save face and choose to say something that will make them feel good because most of us are genuinely good people. There is a distinct difference between being a good person and being a honest one.
Let’s get back to the point I was trying to make earlier. The biggest lie is to ourselves. I find this happens a lot when someone is starting their fitness journey or trying to get back on the wagon. They decide, “today is the day I am going to go to the gym! Hell I already got my membership right?! I’ve made the first step!” Then comes step two, putting that plan into action. Until BOOM, life happens! What happens next? They go to the gym or they do what’s comfortable and push it off another day? 9 times out of 10 it’s the latter.
And it happens day after day after day and what do you know…another year rolls by. It’s July 2018 right now. If you are reading this and haven’t committed to your fitness journey, stop making excuses and get your ass to the gym, park, or on a workout program that sets you up for success at home. Most of us got to get away from “home and life distractions” to accomplish this, unless you know you are extremely motivated individual who doesn’t have those distractions at home. I find that I need to be around other people who are getting their fitness on as this encourages and motivates me more towards my fitness goals.
So the next time you call yourself a honest person…I challenge you to evaluate yourself. I fight this internal struggle just like you, EVERYDAY. Choose to do what you know is right. Right for you and your body, because you deserve it! And be as honest as you can. Tell someone how you really feel. Go to the gym when you say you are. These are just a few things you can do to take that step in the right direction with being honest with yourself. Write it down! Post it somewhere! Make someone commit with you! Sign up for a race or event! Make yourself accountable! Get that healthy body you know you deserve!
My latest lie to myself was thinking I would find passion working outside of the health and fitness industry. You can read all about that experience HERE. But here I am, back to my commitment to being honest with myself and holding myself accountable by sharing my journey with all of you.
P.S. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to help you anyway that I can. We all have struggles, and it’s better if we don’t deal with them alone. Accountability is crucial.