After all, starting an exercise program in the middle of winter doesn’t appeal to us very long when we have to go out in the cold and wet or snowy weather! It’s much more comforting to curl up in an easy chair and nibble on yummies!
I’ve been a lifelong devotee of keeping fit or at least struggling to keep fit, and I can assure you, I certainly find it easier to go for my walks when the weather is nicer outside, than when it’s not!
I found out a trick to walking to keep fit when the weather isn’t great: go to one of the big box stores, and walk laps around the outside aisles! This is sometimes a double edged sword for me, since I’ll not only pick up necessary items for the home, but a few unnecessary ones too. Ah, the price of keeping fit!
I’m encouraging you to use the inspiration of this 4th of July, to look at other issues or habits you may wish to become independent from…
In order to have success on your side, think about incorporating the changes in a gradual process… for example, if you’ve decided to eat healthier, rather than throwing out all the culprits from your pantry and fridge, do one new change per week!
When we create a plan and set out to follow it, many smaller and more manageable steps are easier to incorporate into our daily habits, and have a greater chance of staying in our lives, than going too big , too fast!
When we incorporate new things gradually, our minds have time to adapt and accept the changes. Too many changes all at once, can push us into a fight or flight mode, because we’re essentially attacking our comfort zones.
I think you get the picture! Don’t go into full blown attack mode against those issues or habits; rather be kind to yourself, and set about doing it more gradually and that way you’ll be putting the chances of success more on your side.