The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine

" The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine."  Mike Murdock. 

Here is a very common, almost weekly conversation I have with a person I am coaching. It always follows the same script no matter who I am talking to.

Me: Asking something to the topic of how has your progress been over the last week with your weight loss?

Them: I am frustrated I am not seeing the results I want. 

Me:  Have you been following the eating plan every day.

Them: No plus lots of excuses. 

Me: Have you done all the workouts that were scheduled last week. 

Them: No plus excuses. 

Me: Have you been tracking your food intake and making sure you are falling within the paramaters you need to be in each day.

Them: No, I don't want to track, excuses why they don't track, or something of that nature. 

Me:  (sigh)


Lets go back to that quote. " The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine."  Mike Murdock. This is the biggest hurdle in peoples way when it comes to achieving fitness and weight goals. They are not willing to make the necessary DAILY CHANGES, LONG TERM to ensure success. Our attention spans are very short. We want quick fixes, instant results, no commitments, I want it all and I want it now. It baffles me every time that a person can be so short sighted to not realize that what we do all day every day is what will determine what we see in the mirror 30 days, 6 months, 6 years and 60 years from now. I get it. I used to do the short term yo-yo diet. Never wanting to commit to giving up the things I loved. But over time that attitude changed. For me, it became a fair exchange. If you truly balance what those things are worth and the toll it takes on our health and self image, I am glad to "go without". Do I go through the drive through every day? Nope. Do I sometimes miss it? Sure! Am I glad I did it? Unequivocally , yes. And guess what? Since it happens so infrequently (I am  talking maybe once or twice a year) that the times that I do get fast food are much more enjoyable and special. (Who can say that about a fast food meal if you are used to having it everyday?). 

So bottom line is, like your retirement fund, your health needs to be viewed like an investment. The little you put in every day will add up to a huge return in the long term. But if you are only committed to investing a little bit here and there for short bursts, your account will never build, and you are going to be sorely disappointed in yourself in the long run.

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