When someone tells me I have to do something, no matter what it is, I usually jokingly respond “I don’t HAVE TO do anything”! It is mostly a joke, but there is some truth to that.
Most of the time, when people have a big challenge ahead of them, such as weight loss, a lot of time is spent talking about their habits, both with eating and exercise. Even when I try to ease them into healthier habits, you can see by the look on their face they aren’t liking anything of what they are hearing. You HAVE TO make time to go for walks. You HAVE TO keep challenging yourself on those walks to go faster so you burn more calories. You HAVE TO implement some sort of strength program, either now or down the road. You HAVE TO make better choices when it comes to food. WOW! That’s a lot of HAVE TO!
The real question is this…do we really HAVE TO do any of these??? My answer is absolutely not! That answer comes with an explanation because it just seems to easy.
See, we don’t HAVE TO do any of these things. But what we have to realize is if we don’t implement them, we won’t make the changes we want. There is a saying that goes something like, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This is true in so many facets of life. When we take it in terms of health and wellness it means that your current eating and exercise habits got you to where you are. If you aren’t happy where you are, you HAVE TO make changes to those habits, and develop new ones. If you don’t make those changes you aren’t going to see changes in your body.
It still comes down to this. You don’t HAVE TO make any changes at all. But don’t expect anything positive to happen if you stay with what you are doing.
Until next time…