Sunday, March 20, 2011

Being true to yourself

Over the past few years, I've observed a lot of people on their various journeys to health and fitness. Having been there, done that myself, it fascinates me to understand what drives other people to make the sorts of changes in their lives that are required to transform from couch potato to....whatever the opposite to couch potato may be.

The thing that I've never related to is the deprive and punish yourself mentality that prevails amongst so many. I've never felt the need to "pay" for an indulgent meal by starving myself or doing gruelling distances on the treadmill the next day. But so many people seem to play it that way. They're usually the "all or nothing" folks too; they swing between strict dieting and exercise and all-out sloth and/or bingeing.

I think that part of the problem is not really having a good enough reason to change. You have to want it. It's not enough to do it because you think you need to, perhaps to gain the approval of someone else. Or society in general. YOU have to WANT it. You can't be constantly fighting against your true self, or you'll go nuts.

Did you ever sit down and really think about what's driving you? What's your burning reason for this lifestyle change? It can be an interesting process....

On that note, Kelly O has written a great post on the subject from her personal perspective. It's well worth a read; might get some of you thinking.


Hope you all have a great Sunday - or Saturday night, depending on where in the world you are. We're off to see The Middle Child and his band do their thing at The Espy (yes, the slightly grungy home of SBS's RocKwiz) this afternoon. Should be fun. :)

1 comment:

Liz N said...

Excellent points Miss Kek - you have to have a good reason why which helps you move through the stuff that isn't conducive to feeling good about yourself.

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