Last week I discussed the root issue of not meeting your health and fitness goals due to having a negative mentality. This week, I am going to discuss the root issue of discomfort.
Here’s the thing, being unhealthy and overweight does not happen overnight. It is typically a long process of developing unhealthy habits and routines that we become comfortable and familiar with. When we start dieting and increasing our exercise, we rock this comfort boat we’ve been sitting in for far too long.
What happens when you start to rock your comfort boat? You start to reach for things and make choices that are in your comfort zone. You grab your favorite candy bar. You skip your workout to binge watch Netflix. Pretty soon you have once again steadied the boat and are comfortably back in a sea of your old, unhealthy habits.
What can you do to keep your discomfort from sabotaging your goals? Keep these truths in mind:
2. It’s Temporary
Feeling uncomfortable with something new is temporary. Why? Well, if you stick with it, the newness will eventually wear off and what was once new, is now comfortable. Think about the times you got a new job. I bet that first day was awkward and super uncomfortable. You didn’t know hardly anyone, didn’t know where anything was, weren’t familiar with procedures, and were possibly flying by the seat of your pants full of excitement and nervous energy. Maybe it took a month for you to start to feel comfortable but more than likely as I can attest, it took an entire year or two for you to really start feeling like you belonged. Any kind of big change that affects your daily life like getting a new job or completely changing the way you eat and behave will create a temporary period of discomfort. Would you quit that new, better paying job with better benefits and better opportunities because it makes you uncomfortable for awhile? I highly doubt it.
3. Screw the Comfort Zone
Ever hear people talk about how getting out of your comfort zone is good for you? Creates opportunity? I would say that the area outside your comfort zone is the spice of life and area of true growth. I don’t think any of us want to be “stuck” as we are for the rest of our lives. Are we not all looking to grow and develop into the best versions of ourselves? In order to do that, we have to look at every opportunity to get out of our comfort zones as an opportunity to grow and develop. Screw being comfortable. Comfortable is boring. What fun is sitting comfortably in a speed boat when you know you have the option to push the throttle, feel the wind in your hair, and the adrenaline coursing through your veins? Stop sitting, get moving.
4. Gradual, Lasting Change
As I stated earlier, you didn’t develop unhealthy habits overnight. You aren’t going to create new healthy habits overnight either. Tackle one to two unhealthy habits at a time. Not sure where to start? Try jotting down the unhealthy habits you currently have and tackle them by level of importance. Keep at it. Lasting change takes time, effort, and a lot of determination. Change isn’t perfect. You will often slip back into your comfortable habits. Throwing yourself back out of them each time will get easier and easier.