Dictionary.com defines lazy as:
1. averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent.
2. causing idleness or indolence.
3. slow-moving; sluggish.
My own definition would be “I don’t want to do it because something else is more enjoyable”.
Recently, a couple of my friends and I were talking about why we haven’t reached our goals for exercise over the past few weeks, and the overwhelming response was “being lazy”. We have all been around the ‘hood long enough to know what we need do to reach our goals, but life gets busy, we get lazy, and the exercise and healthy meal-planning gets pushed to the back burner.
So how do we ditch the excuses and get past the laziness to once again strive for our goals? How do we avoid those lazy feelings that tend to creep back into our lives? I’ve come up with some tips to help combat the lazies:
- Make a list of your goals and how you can reach them.
- Break down your list of goals into smaller, more-manageable goals.
- Now, break THAT list of goals down into a daily list of goals. Everyone can accomplish something for one day, right?
- Don’t sit down in the evening until you have taken care of your exercise goals for the day.
- Plan to eat the way you should for each meal, one meal at a time. Breaking it down meal-by-meal will help you reach a big goal.
- Find some accountability partners that will really push you to reach your goals. (That would be you and you and you over there!) It can even be your family.
- Figure out what exercise routine works best for you! Change it up so you don’t get bored!
- Figure out what foods work best for you! Fresh fruits and veggies are always a good place to start!
- Don’t get hung up on the number on the scale. Look at the big picture. Have you stayed on plan today? If yes, then that is something to be proud of. If no, try again tomorrow. Eventually, we will figure it out.
What can you do today to reverse the “lazy” that wants to take over? I would love to hear from you!