Some people feed their dogs better than they feed themselves.
They might not be fully conscious of why. They might think they’re doing the best thing for their dog. And they are.
The dog doesn’t have a choice in what he gets to eat. It eats what’s put in front of it.
If you put a cheap, processed dog treat in front of your dog, will the dog eat it? Yes!
If you served your dog a more expensive, all-natural, raw, dog food, will he eat it? Absolutely.
Which do you think is better for the dog?
So why wouldn’t someone spend the same amount of money on healthy food, or allocate time to cooking home-made meals?
Similarly, some people would rather spend all their money on a new condo, but not a single dollar on their health.
I knew someone who decided to quit a 12-month health program at the 6-month mark. She had lost weight, improved her health, her mindset towards her body image, and developed healthy habits in many other areas of her life.
Why did she stop? She wanted to spend money renovating her condo.
I’m not judging, but I know her back story. The monthly commitment for the program was affordable, and she spends 5x that amount each month eating out at restaurants.
Part of her back story is self-sabotage: she has a history of always finding a reason why a program/system/diet isn’t working.
There’s a single common denominator in each of these situations:
The program or diet didn’t stop working. A program or a diet is an idea on paper. It’s not alive. The person who decides to use it must ACTION it, test, measure, make modifications, and evolve.
Transformation can be painful because it requires change. Change requires new habits and behaviours, or dumping older ones that don’t serve you.
So she sabotaged herself, yet again.
The ephemeral “feel good” of a renovation became more important than her health. She decided to spend money to feel good in the short-term (“I’ll treat myself to this restaurant because I work hard and I deserve it”), as opposed to improving and maintaining her health and transforming her wellbeing for the long-term.
Excuses all for the sake of comfort and for not wanting to do the work.
If you want to change, you need to take one step at a time. Practice a single behaviour, repeatedly, that will offer improvement in time. Remind yourself of your why when you start to waiver or make excuses for why “This isn’t working”, or “It’s just too hard.”
You don’t have to go “all in.” Start small. To improve your fitness, try walking 15 minutes per day. To improve your eating, have only salads with lean protein for lunch during the work week.
What are your priorities when it comes your health?
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