Hey Angels and Alphas,
Some people give up too soon, others don’t push themselves hard enough, and some can’t even seem to keep up with their own fitness goals from one day to the next.
The most common ways people self-sabotage their fitness success will help you recognize these behaviors in yourself and avoid them before it’s too late. Self-sabotage is a common occurrence when people are trying to improve their fitness.
It can take many forms, such as procrastination, making excuses, or not following through with commitments.
Understanding why you self-sabotage is the first step to overcoming it. Explore this list of self-sabogating questions and try to notice whenever you ask yourself these questions throughout your daily life. Then act accordingly.
What are you afraid of?
If you’re afraid of failing, you might not even try. Or, you might start off strong but then give up when things get tough. Maybe you’re afraid of success–afraid that you won’t be able to stick to your healthy habits if you actually reach your goals. Or, maybe you’re afraid of change and the unknown. Whatever the case may be, fear can hold us back from reaching our fitness goals.
What’s my problem with commitment?
I have a problem with commitment when it comes to fitness success. I’m always starting new workout routines and diets, but I never stick with them for more than a few weeks. I get bored easily, and I’m always looking for the quick fix. This has led to me yo-yo dieting and never seeing the results I want.
Should I be doing this anyway?
You’ve finally taken the plunge and joined a gym. You’re excited about starting your fitness journey and getting in shape. But then, self-doubt starts to creep in. Can I really do this? Am I good enough? What if I fail? Will my friends still be there for me? Will I be able to keep up with everyone else at the gym? And before you know it, you’re back at home on the couch watching TV again. We all have these thoughts from time to time, but they don’t have to get in our way. If you ever find yourself asking these questions or anything like them again, give yourself a pep talk. Remind yourself that you’re doing this for yourself – no one else – and remind yourself of how great it will feel when you make it past those doubts.
Is this too hard?
If you’re constantly asking yourself is this too hard, chances are you’re going to talk yourself out of trying altogether. Here’s why that mindset can sabotage your fitness success. First, the too hard question brings up a lot of other questions: Am I strong enough? Will I fail? Do I have what it takes? Why should I bother when it feels so tough?
And then we start to ask ourselves if it’s worth the effort at all. But self-doubt and fear aren’t reasons not to try. They just indicate where our minds need some help! So instead of giving in and deciding we’re not good enough or it will be too difficult for us, ask ourselves if we’re even willing to take a chance on something new or different. Because if we really want something badly enough–even though there may be challenges–we’ll find a way.
What will they think?
One of the most common ways people sabotage their fitness success is by asking themselves what other people will think. This can lead to negative self-talk and a feeling of not being good enough. Additionally, it can make you less likely to stick to your fitness goals and more likely to give up when things get tough. The best way to avoid this self-sabotaging behavior is to focus on your own success and what you want to achieve. Let go of what other people think and stay focused on your own goals.
Am I feeling worse than I was before starting this program/diet/workout plan/goal/habit change?
One of the most common ways people self-sabotage their fitness success is by not monitoring their progress. It’s easy to get discouraged when you don’t see results right away, or if you feel like you’re not making progress fast enough. Keep track of how you’re feeling, both physically and mentally, as well as any changes in your body composition or energy levels. This will help you stay motivated and on track.