Starting a diet or exercise program is not the hard part. It’s consistency, which is evident since 60% of Americans drop out of a program within the first six months. So how is it possible to “stick with it” with so many distractions in a busy world? One step is to create a healthy vision for yourself.
Follow me for one minute.
Think about something in your life that you really wanted and worked hard to get it. It may have been a college degree, savings for a home, promotion in a job, or respectful children. Did those things just happen? I would guess not. You had a vision of what you wanted. Because it was very clear, you took the appropriate steps to make it happen.
Being fit physically, mentally and spiritually will not just happen?
A personal vision of what you want for your health and fitness can be the key to having consistency in each areas of your life. A vision that will enable you to
- Stop trying to do what everyone else does
- Know the specific and realistic actions to take
- Give assurance and peace that the right steps for a healthy diet and exercise are being done
I love the Bible story in Nehemiah 6.
Nehemiah had a vision to build the wall of Jerusalem and nothing would stop him. He was clear on what needed to be done. He was not chasing the latest trend or trying to do what everyone else was doing. He had a vision and nothing could stop him as he clearly states in verse 3.
“I am carrying on a great project and cannot come down.”
My Personal Healthy Vision
When I think of myself at my best physically, mentally and spiritually, this is what I see. “I am looking and feeling healthy, exercising 4-5 times a week and spending daily quiet time with God and my family.”
To fulfill that vision, which is an on going process not a check off, I know that are certain steps I need to take each day. I need to say “no” to certain things and let go of unrealistic expectations. Having that vision helps me be consistent because:
- I am motivated to have it which makes it a priority.
- I want to look and feel healthy, not perfect. Comparing myself to others would only leave me feeling like a failure and giving up.
- Allows me to realize that I can not attempt unrealistic exercise regiments at THIS time in my life because it may interfere with family time. I choose exercise programs that work for my family.
- Reminds me that I have to spend time with God and He will show me the right path to take.
You can be consistent.
You can consistently exercise and follow a healthy diet no matter how busy you are at this time of your life. It starts by having a healthy vision of what you want for your life. Once you have that vision, you can have a clear design with the steps to take for a consistent exercise program and healthy diet.