Limiting Belief #2: “Being fit means a life of deprivation and suffering.”
I partly blame celebrity fitness culture for this limiting belief. Every time an A-list actress headlines a big movie, we hear about her kooky diet and training regimen.
I drank kale juice and fermented giraffe milk for every meal! I did ten hours of Pilates and had squid ink enemas in order to look elegant and starving on the red carpet!
But don’t let it stress you out.
The truth is, celebrities and regular people alike do this for attention. I don't mean that as a put-down; as a gym owner and trainer, I sometimes chronicle my workouts online to call attention to the fact that I practice what I preach.
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But, in all cases, grandstanding the extremeness of a diet or fitness regimen is very misleading. It’s a way for someone to sell a fictional, sensationalist image -- one that rarely aligns with reality. Celebrities want their lifestyles to seem glamorous and unattainable -- not convey the truth: which is that anybody can get in shape, if they put in the time and effort.
Maybe “magic bullet” or “quick-fix” diets might demand absurd sacrifice and lifestyle alterations, but these never last (see Limiting Belief #1). Being in shape for the long haul will never mean eternal suffering. Anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you something.
Will you have to make lifestyle changes to achieve your fitness goals? Absolutely. (If what you were implementing in your life were perfect, you'd have already reached your goal.) But radical change isn't the answer. Your life doesn't need to become unrecognizable.
Let yourself develop some positive momentum. Soon you'll want to enhance your results by making smarter food choices, too. Take the journey one step at a time. You'll progress when you're ready.
Is this a limiting belief that has stood in your way? Let me know if I can be a resource for you. RISE UP!
[Next week's post: Limiting Belief #3: "People will judge me if I fail."]