This is a guest post by my friend Miller. I met him after I sent out a particularly frustrated tweet. He replied with words of encouragement, and since then, we’ve become friends. We encourage and support each other in our respective quests for health. Please check out his blog Retroactiv. You can find him on Twitter @retroactiv_
When I started my blog at retroactiv.com this past January, I launched what I felt was a clever tag line that summarized my experience with weight loss. “Fitness is a journey, not a destination. Start your journey today. Tomorrow is just an excuse.” Pretty clever, huh. :)
I truly believe it to be true. It stemmed from the fact that I had heard so many people talk about how they were losing weight and on “diets”. The word “diet” insinuates that its a temporary change that one is going through, that will have a finite end. This is simply not the case. Deciding to get in shape is a LIFESTYLE change. You must change everything from what you put into your body to how much physical activity you do on a daily basis – and continue to do so once you reach your goals.
If you are new to exercising, it may seem overwhelming. You may not know where to start, or how much to do. With dieting, strength, cardio and so on, it’s difficult to keep track of daily activities.
Guilt (as defined on Wikipedia) is an emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes—accurately or not—that he or she has violated a moral standard, and bears significant responsibility for that violation.
I feel guilty when I eat a meal that I know is bad for me or drink too many beers. I feel really guilty when I have a bad weekend in regards to blowing my caloric allowance. I feel guilty when I know that I should have gone to the gym on a particular day and I skipped the workout. I don’t like the feeling of feeling guilty. It weights on me. It makes me want to be a better person and do the things I know I should do so I don’t have to feel guilty.