The typical phrase – “I’ll start _____.” Monday? Tomorrow? Next month? Once work isn’t so busy? When my kids are a little older? When I’m not so stressed? It’s a pattern, a cycle, in which you continue to allow yourself to start later, and something will invariably always come up, allowing you to once again postpone. How many of you have experienced this?
In a chemical reaction, there is a certain threshold of energy that is required before the reaction can be completed. This is called the activation energy of a chemical reaction. This is similar to the extra energy required to push a rock up and over a hill. You can see this in the illustration below:
Once you get the rock to the top of the hill, there is no energy required to get it to the bottom. There’s a big energy investment in the beginning, and to reach the end there is little to no energy required. This hill can be the obstacle you need to overcome in order to get on the road to reaching your goals. It takes more investment initially, but it’s all worth it in the end.
Don’t start tomorrow. Don’t wait until Monday. It won’t happen next week – start now.
You owe it to yourself and to the ones you love to pursue your goals right now, today. Not tomorrow.
Remember that fitness is a journey rather than a destination. Remember that it’s going to be hard but also SO worth it. Remember that you will have set backs, not failures. Remember that you have a support system in place to back you up, encourage you, and help you get back on track when you lose your way. You can do it! Start now. Not tomorrow.