Is This One Thing Holding You Back From Reaching Your Fitness Goals?

What is holding you back from reaching your ideal weight and fitness goals? Are you afraid you are never going to reach them, so why even bother trying? Did you know that staying afraid often keeps us from truly living?

If you are like me, you have faced a fitness obstacle or two in your life. Mine came at a young age: I was shy as a child and found comfort in bags of Doritos, O Henry bars, and boxes of Hostess crumb cakes. Because I consumed too many empty calories and did not burn enough, my weight ballooned to the point where clothes never fit right and I was teased constantly about my weight. "Fat Cat," "Chubby Girl," and "Whale" were just some of the unkind names I heard too many times. The more I was teased, the more isolated I felt, and the more I ate to soothe the pain. I did not understand the connection between calories consumed and calories burned, let alone the emotional connection I had with food. Eating a second or third helping of my mom's delicious home cooked food was just too easy (and allowed).

My quest to get in shape started as a teenager when I discovered boys. I knew no boy would like a plump girl, so I learned how to lose weight by studying magazines like "Shape" and "Fitness". Too young to drive and determined to hand out with my friends, I started walking to get places. Looking back, I was probably logging close to 30 miles of walking a week without even thinking about it. The weight started to come off, and over time, I learned about portion size and proper nutrition from the articles I read in the fitness magazines.

Ultimately, though, the fear of not being liked by boys was greater for me than the comfort of eating a second helping of spaghetti or hiding alone in my room with a bag full of candy bars.

And that is truly the root of the situation. If you are struggling to reach your ideal weight and fitness goals, you have to ask yourself if the pain of staying the way you are, with all the unhappiness and misery you feel, is greater than the discomfort you will experience to make the necessary changes to get healthier? If is isn't, you will struggle to reach your goals. The key is to be brutally honest with yourself, dig really deep down and find out what is holding you back. Why are you allowing that comfort zone and what is familiar to keep you from being the healthy, vibrant person you deserve to be?

Being overweight and out of shape is more often than not grounded in an emotional issue we carry deep inside of us. Because of all the "noise" in our lives -- i.s. busy schedules, work demands, kids, bills -- we can't hear the small still voice called intuition. "It would just be so much easier if someone else could do this for me!" we say to ourselves. But such a wish is futile, and at the end of the day, we all know that. Ultimately, the decision to act and do something to break through whatever health and fitness obstacles we face comes from within. When faced with a challenge or an obstacle, you have to look to how you feel. What are your instincts telling you?

If you can clear away the clutter of a noisy world for just a little while and really listen to that voice deep inside you, more often than not the wisdom it is sharing with you will move you into a new mindset and help you overcome whatever obstacles have been holding you back. The fear of changing won't be nearly as overwhelming because you have changed your thought process first. With your instincts guiding you toward a healthier life, your fitness goals won't be nearly as out of reach as they once seemed.

Source by Mary Lou Kayser

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