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Breaking Through the "I Need To" Barrier: Overcoming Obstacles to Exercise and Diet

Updated: Jul 15, 2023

If I had a pound every time a client, participant or friend says these magical words "I need to" when they see me, I would be a very wealthy woman and I "could" retire!

In this blog, I will explore this common phrase, that has now become a barrier and help turn the word round to "I will, I am, and I have!"

In our journey towards a healthier lifestyle, we often find ourselves facing a common obstacle - the phrase "I need to." This seemingly innocent phrase can become a barrier that prevents us from fully committing to exercise and diet. We start off with good intentions, but soon find ourselves stuck in a cycle of procrastination and self-sabotage. So, how do we break through this barrier and find the motivation to prioritise our health and well-being? Let's explore some strategies:

1. Identify the Root Cause

Take a moment to reflect on why you feel the need to exercise and follow a healthy diet. Is it because you want to lose weight, improve your energy levels, or simply feel better in your own skin? Understanding the underlying motivation can help you connect with your goals on a deeper level and keep you committed.

2. Shift Your Perspective

Instead of viewing exercise and diet as obligations, try reframing them as opportunities for self-care and self-improvement. Think of exercise as a way to boost your mood and relieve stress, and view nutritious meals as a means to nourish your body and enhance your overall well-being. By shifting your mindset, you can start to see how exercise and diet are not burdensome tasks but rather acts of self-love.

3. Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals is crucial in maintaining motivation. Start small by incorporating short workout sessions or incorporating one healthy meal into your daily routine. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts and make healthier choices in your meals. By setting achievable goals, you will experience a sense of accomplishment that will encourage you to continue on your journey.

4. Find an Accountability Partner

Having someone to hold you accountable can greatly increase your motivation. Find a friend or family member who shares your health goals, and commit to supporting each other. Engage in regular check-ins, share your progress, and provide encouragement. Having someone to share your challenges and successes with can make the journey more enjoyable and ensure you stay committed.

5. Explore Enjoyable Activities

Adding variety to your exercise routine can make it more enjoyable and less like a chore. Experiment with different types of physical activities such as dancing, yoga, hiking, or team sports. Find something that resonates with you and brings you joy. When you genuinely enjoy the exercise, it becomes easier to stay motivated and committed.

6. Plan and Prepare

Make exercise and healthy eating a part of your routine by planning and preparing in advance. Schedule dedicated workout time in your calendar and treat it as a non-negotiable appointment with yourself. Similarly, meal prepping can save you time and ensure that you have nutritious options readily available, making it easier to make healthier choices even when you're busy.

7. Celebrate Your Progress

Don't forget to celebrate your progress, no matter how small. Recognise and reward yourself for achieving milestones along the way. This could be treating yourself to a massage, buying new workout gear, or taking a well-deserved rest day. Celebrating your progress will boost your morale and motivate you to keep pushing forward.

Breaking through the "I need to" barrier is a journey worth taking. By implementing these strategies, you can overcome the obstacles that stand in your way and develop a positive relationship with exercise and diet. Remember, it's not about achieving perfection; it's about prioritising your well-being and making choices that support a healthier, vibrant you!


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