I read an interesting statistic the other day. 70% of people who start a health/fitness plan quit.
Why is that?
Because, it’s hard!
It’s hard to make a change. It’s hard to create new, healthy habits. It’s hard to change your body’s composition, whether through fat loss or muscle gain. It’s hard to work your ass off everyday and not physically see the changes you want to see…It’s HARD!
Quitting WILL NOT get you there any faster, it WILL NOT solve the problem, and it IS NOT the answer!
Humans are very impatient creatures. When they want something, (to lose weight or build muscle) they want it NOW! Oftentimes, people start these fitness plans/programs/journeys with the notion that the work (eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, etc) will just be second nature and the results will come almost instantaneously, only to realize very quickly that 1) the work is hard and 2) results take time. Then, realizing how far they actually have to go, they quit…usually before they even really get started.
Believe me, we’ve ALL been there in one respect or another. We’re all human, after all.
If you find yourself struggling or feeling discouraged, remember this #FunFact: It takes approximately 21 days to form a habit…That’s 21 days of consistently making better food choices, drinking more water, working out, and just caring for and loving yourself…TWENTY. ONE. DAYS.
Additionally, it takes approximately 90 days of consistently repeating those healthy habits to build a lifestyle. And, a long-term, consistently healthy lifestyle is what will lead to the lasting, maintainable results that you desire.
So, before you decide to throw in the towel and give up on yourself, stop and think about why you started. Think about your goals, and ask yourself, “Is quitting really worth it?”
Allow me to go ahead and answer that for you.
No!…Quitting is NEVER worth it…Not. Ever.
So, stay the course, keep doing what you’re doing. and, remember, the smallest daily changes lead to the most staggering results.
The first 21 days is just the tip of the iceberg. The habits you form during that time are what’s going to shape the rest of your life.
Be that 30%!