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One of my favorite quotes, and how it applies to weight loss in a big way

Let’s get right to it…

“There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting.” – Siddartha Guatama

Starting is certainly hard. It requires a lot of courage. But starting isn’t nearly as hard as keeping on going is.

Anyone can start a “diet.”

We all know people like this…

One month they’re eating ONLY xyz. “Nope, I can’t eat any of that. It’s not a part of my plan!” The next month, they’re eating only what they were just avoiding the month before. The next month, they’re only eating grapefruits.

“Adam this is working so well! I lost 2 pounds in the first 2 days! Can you believe this?!?!”

The next month, “The best part about this is that I can eat as much fat as I want AND lose weight?!” as they’re chomping down on a triple bacon cheeseburger.

The next month, “Ya know, I’ve decided I’m going to become a vegetarian. I’m never going to eat meat again!”

The next month…

I can keep going if you’d like??

We all know these people…

…they go from one shiny new fad diet to the next without ever sticking with ANYTHING.

Why?

Few reasons:

1. Consistency isn’t sexy but it’s ridiculously effective. And because it’s not “sexy” or the “it” diet of the moment, people might feel bored or even left out while some of their friends are eating “cookies” for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Because of this, they’re always in search of the newest fad diet, instead of focusing on what actually works.

We all know deep down, the secret to success is —> doing the right things over and over and over and over again. And doing the right things over and over and over and over again.

No matter what diet we follow, or what ‘magic pill’ we take (they don’t exist!), if we want to be successful, eventually, we’re going to have to do the actual work.

And the actual work means eating right, eating less, and moving more…consistently.

There is no escaping this.

We can’t escape the work if we want results. While the majority of people are searching for the “latest and greatest fad diet” we’re doing the right things day in and day out. While the majority of people are searching for the “new and shiny diet” we’re losing weight week after week.

2. The temptation to quit is greatest right before the results happen.

Why? Because right before we see results, we have to push through some discomfort. (And our natural tendency is to remove that discomfort. How? We quit the program! “Eh, this isn’t working two weeks into a program,” we rationalize. But then we’re right back to square one, of course.)

Change by nature is uncomfortable.

If we’re doing the same things we used to do, we’re not changing and therefore we won’t feel any discomfort. Discomfort means we’re doing things DIFFERENTLY, and therefore getting closer to where we want to be.

Discomfort IS our compass.

We can’t escape the discomfort we have to endure, we just can’t. Nor can we escape the day to day consistency we have to stick to, which isn’t sexy whatsoever – even though, it’s ridiculously effective!

And because it’s so easy to avoid the inevitable – being consistent and sticking with a sensible eating and exercise plan – I know (in fact, I’m 1000% convinced  (though I’m admittedly biased) daily and personal accountability  + support + a system to monitor and track our progress is what makes ALL of the difference.

So let’s embrace the consistency for the rest of today and this week.

And when it feels a little boring, that’s our time to lean in even more and make more change happen. Because like our moods, we have ups and downs. And when we’re up, it feels easy.

I’ll remind you once again, “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting.”

Let’s have a great week!

Actually, don’t have a great week…create one! 🙂

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