Sometimes I have to play tricks on myself.
It’s not that I’m a lazy person by nature (OK, maybe I am), but if I don’t give myself a really good reason to do something I’m liable to doze on the couch all day with my dog Skyla.
One area of my life where I need to be prodded into action is my health and fitness. I’ve learned to ask myself one simple question:
What would a fit person do?
I ponder this question whenever I’m faced with a health conundrum.
- I really want a pile of fries with my veggie burger, but maybe I should get a salad instead.
- Gee, I said I was going to the gym this morning, but the bed is so warm and comfy.
- I’ll skip that aerobics class because I’m sure I’ll look silly next to all those hard bodies.
In my mind, I’ll imagine an impossibly perfect fit person: strong arms, flat abs, endless cardio endurance, mythical flexibility, and a diet full of veggies and whole grains (not a Twizzler in sight).
This fit person is a creature of clarity. She is calm and collected when faced with a challenge. She can see all angles of a situation and will make a choice based on what is in her best interest.
All of her decisions support her lifestyle as a fit person.
When I imagine what this made-up fit person would do, the most beneficial choice becomes so obvious. If I want to be a fit person myself, I should follow her example.
Here’s another way to think about it: are you making this decision based on who you are now or who you want to be?
That fit person in my mind isn’t a fantasy—she’s me! And I’m becoming more like her every day.
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