There are 2 ways to achieve your “get in shape” goals.
1.) Work out. Once you’ve done your daily workout, you’ve been successful, and the rest of the day is easy. Over time you’ll get stronger and faster, and more “in shape.”
2.) Wage a constant war against yourself throughout the day, pitting pleasure against self-discipline.
Elevator, since I already worked out? But the stairs offer more exercise!
Full lunch, since I already worked out and I’m really hungry? But the small lunch will help me lose weight!
Ice cream on the couch after dinner, since I had a good day (or a stressful day)? Ice cream, really, when I’m trying to get in shape?!
The first way will get you most of the way there, and is black & white easy - you either succeeded or you failed, each day.
The second way will get you all the way to your goal, and much faster. But it will consume your life.
Both options beat doing nothing.
The best option is a combination of the two: exercise consistently, and make good choices throughout the day. (Notice I said good choices, not perfect choices.) “In shape” will come, slowly and over time. Work on the processes, the daily habits, the pattern of making good choices consistently - and the shape will follow; it won’t have a choice!
There isn’t a right or wrong way to do it - only that you do it. You cannot, under any circumstance, achieve your goals (or even make progress towards your goals) without doing the work. And consistent work over time beats short periods of hard work, every time.
- Chris Butterworth
And if making good choices all day long is exhausting, and you don’t have the mental energy left over to sit down and write your monthly e-Newsletter, let me do that for you. It’s what I’m really good at, and it’s why I created 8DollarFarming!