“Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.” I’ve been seeing this quote for years, but I’ve never really liked it, so I think it needed an adjustment.
It’s easy to not enjoy something if it’s difficult or we’re just not good at it. Put health aside for the moment and think about life in general. If you were bad at Math and it didn’t come easy to you, then I bet you hated Math in school. If you struggled to learn the piano and just couldn’t grasp it, I’m willing to bet you didn’t enjoy those lessons too much.
The most difficult part of any process is the beginning. Learning a new language feels impossible and frustrating at first. But when you stick with it and realize it is starting to all make sense, it becomes easier and more enjoyable.
Weight loss is the same way. The absolute hardest part is just starting. It’s frustrating. It’s difficult. It feels impossible.
But once you notice those first few pounds come off and you start seeing a change in your body, the process becomes much easier. The results are motivating!
It doesn’t have to be weight loss, either. I’ve always HATED squatting. I used to skip it all the time. My legs were always lacking and my strength was mediocre, so I never wanted to do it. It made me miserable.
More recently, I’ve noticed my legs actually growing for the first time in my life since squatting more often, and it makes me actually want to get into the gym and squat. Seeing the results makes it easier to get in there and do it.
You don’t need to fall in love with the process. You don’t need to be a fitness junkie to get the results you want. But trust me, once you start seeing results, the process becomes much easier.
The hardest part is always starting. Once you do, I promise it gets easier.