Are you getting in shape for the right reasons? Each year, millions of people decide to turn their bodies from flab to fit, yet only a few actually accomplish this goal. Why is that? What makes it so hard to accomplish the goal of losing weight or getting in shape?

The main problem is that they do it for the wrong reasons. So what are your reasons? If they’re anything along the lines of the following three quotes, then you’re getting in shape for the wrong reasons.

  1. “I’m getting ready to get that summer body back!”

Time and time again, I hear people say this, and it makes me shake my head. Last time I checked, your body needs to be taken care of in the fall, spring, and winter as well. Ladies, what good is it to be in shape in the summer, just to wear a bikini a few times? Fellas, what good is it to get great abs for the summer, only to go back to a beer belly by winter?

If you’re serious about getting in shape and living a healthy lifestyle, then looking good for the summer becomes nothing more than a bonus. The important thing is to feel good and be in shape all the time. Period.

  1. “I want to lose X amount of weight in X amount of time!”

As a New Year’s resolution, most people make the crucial mistake of deciding how much weight they want to lose in a given time. That’s like interviewing for a new job and demanding a salary higher than person interviewing you. In other words, you’re setting yourself up to fail. Your body is unique; therefore, there is no way to tell how much weight you will lose within one month, three months, or a year. You can bank on one thing though: If you consistently follow an effective diet and exercise plan, you will lose weight. Give it time.

  1. “I want to have a body like (insert celebrity name).”

Saying you want to look like anyone else is a surefire way to sabotage your weight loss efforts. Again, your body is a unique vessel, and so is that celebrity’s body. Have you ever noticed that everyone’s abs look different? If you Google “abs” right now, you will see hundreds of different shapes and lines, each pattern unique to its owner. Why is that? Because genetics! Even identical twins with the same DNA don’t come out as carbon copies. You simply can’t expect to look like a celebrity, or anyone else, because you’re not that person. You’re you. And that’s enough. Embrace it. Besides, if you get in great shape and that same celebrity someday sees your abs online, they could very well be jealous of you.

Here’s the main thing: Remember that getting in shape and living a healthy lifestyle is a journey, not a destination. It’s supposed to take a lifetime. The day you stop rushing to get results is the day the results will begin to show up.

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