Every second of everyday we are faced with choices.
It is the tiniest of decisions in the moment that ultimately produce the results we achieve.
For years Anthony Robbins has spoke about pain & pleasure and how each drives us in relation to the decisions we make. When you think about it, this concept is incredibly obvious in the life areas of health and fitness. You can take another category such as relationships or spirituality and to someone that is passing by you or meeting you for the first time, it isn’t immediately clear how you are faring in most cases, but by and large you can usually tell at first glance when an individual is fit and/or healthy.
Deciding to execute a workout, or not is a cause toward a direction (could be positive, could be negative.)
The same when we elect to be mindful or not of our diet.
For someone that is looking to lose weight, a deficit of 200 calories per day in the short term of the day may seem trivial, but staying committed for weeks and months will provide unbelievable results.
Just about every morning I face those tiny “angels & devils on my shoulders of pain & pleasure. Due partly to circumstance, partly to convenience, I train very early each morning on an empty stomach. In a perfect world, I would probably train around 12 noon, but that isn’t my current reality. Anyway, almost every morning the “devil” says “wouldn’t it feel good to stay in bed?” I usually agree, but then that “angel” who I have come to realize generally has my best interests in mind will interject.
A very cool thing about this concept is that through time, the so called pain of working out, actually becomes pleasure, especially when you benefit from feeling strong, energized, and healthy and actually see the visual results of your determination and choices.