Are you struggling with something like weight loss, exercising, eating right, …. Do you know what’s really going on? I have a suggestion maybe you should check your thoughts. A few weeks ago we talked about the words we say now we are going to talk about the thoughts we think. I wish I could have posted about this subject before I posted about the words we speak because the thoughts we think manifested in what we say.
I have personally been struggling in this area a lot lately. I have been wanting to write this blog for a while now but I didn’t know how to encourage you about your thoughts when I am haven’t totally conquered this area, so this is something I hope we can learn together. One of the areas I struggle in is my thoughts toward exercise.
Here are some things I think to myself when it comes to exercising:
- Why do I feel like I’m the only one struggling with exercising?
- Why is it hard to find time to exercise?
- I’m too big to exercise.
- This is too hard for me.
- The recommend miles to walk everyday is what!!! I can’t do that.
- I just don’t have the energy or motivation to exercise.
- Sorry exercise – It’s too cold, I’m too tired, and I need some relaxation time.
Okay I know some people are like well that’s fine for you but how do we change our thoughts?
The first step is to start off by examining your thought? Is the statement true or false? Let’s take one of my thoughts about exercising ” Why do I feel like I’m the only one struggling with exercising?” Now is this statement true? No it’s false I am not the only on struggling with exercising.
The second step is to ask yourself is this statement caused by emotions? Yes this statement is caused by my emotions, a key element in knowing this is by the word “feel”. What you feel may not be true.
The third step is to change your thought into something truthful, “I am not the only one struggling in exercising”.
The final step is to take action, you can do this by asking yourself a question about you new statement. For example well if I am not the only one that has a struggle with exercise what did the other people do to help themselves? This question will cause you to research how to help yourself in overcoming your struggle.
When I researched for a answer to my question I found an article that helped me. (I apologize but I did not save the article if I find it I will post the link.) The author of the article was talking about how he challenged himself to do at least one push up a day. The objective was to give yourself such an easy task that anyone could do it; also it helps you to incorporate a small step into your process. By the time you do your task you most likely start to push yourself into doing more.
I decided to challenge myself into walking at least 1 mile a day. This would only take 15 minutes and anyone can do this. Well I have been doing this for a couple of weeks and I am enjoying it. Now there have been a couple of days where I’m getting ready for bed and I remember I haven’t done my mile; so I get up and do my mile. I am currently doing this challenge for the month of March into April. I am considering adding another mile next week and doing that for a couple of weeks then changing accordingly, but I have to at least do a mile!
Do you see by changing my thought I was able to find a solution to a problem I was having? Do you have thoughts that are sabotaging you along this journey? What steps do you take to change your thoughts?
Side Note: Please know there are plenty of ways of incorporating fun in your fitness routine. Some of those ways are Zumba classes, dancing, housework, swimming, game consoles (Wii, Xbox, or PlayStation has fitness options), exercising with friends (this can help the time move along), hula hooping, and just going for a walk/run outside.