Join many others who feel the same way. Starting something “new” is always difficult. It’s like trying to turn a massive heavy flywheel at first. You have to push very hard to get it to budge and then the more and more you keep pushing the more the momentum from your last push makes it a little easier to turn it faster. In a while you’ll have the flywheel turning fast and it will hardly take any effort to keep it going.
I went through the same feelings in February 2006 as I started an exercise program. I was 247 pounds and felt like a tub of lard. But each day I went to the gym it became easier than the day before. I started out easy and before I knew it the flywheel was turning really fast. So fast, in fact, I lost 50 pounds in 60 days! I had to create many new habits; exercise, sleep and nutrition.
You may be challenged by the face of the clock. Your internal clock keeps track of your perception of time reality. The clock will tell you all the things you “could” be doing instead of focusing on the exercise session at hand. In reality you’re just suffering from your “old” habit’s comfort zone yelling and screaming for attention. It’s just a thought in your mind and it has no reality unless you give the thought permission to be real. You may be suffering from what I call The Time Habit Gap™. You just can’t imagine sitting on a spin bike or walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes when you “could” be doing one of your “old” habits like reading the newspaper or surfing the net, some real important and healthy habits (sarcasm).
The Time Habit Gap™ is just a thought in your mind. It does not have a life. Only your thoughts give it life. After all, look at all the other people you may know who exercise regularly. They’re healthy and not overweight so you conclude they don’t have The Time Habit Gap™ anymore. Do you think they think the 30 min exercise session is long and boring? Of course not.
Everyone who has to break old habits to create new ones goes through this.
In my training to participate in the Ironman Triathlon (2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, followed by running a 26.2 mile marathon) I exercise up to 20 hours per week. Some of my long bike rides are 7 hours. Many that I’ve talked to about that just can’t seem to fathom doing a 7 hour bike ride. The reason is simple, their perception of what needs to take place in “their” 7 hours is different than an Ironman triathlete’s perception of what needs to happen in “their” 7 hour. But that perception of time can be altered. Anybody can do an Ironman. I’m living proof (I’ve done 6 by the way, my first at age 50). You’ll need to change your thoughts about what needs to happen in your time allotment each day.
So the next time you dread starting an exercise program, or any other new habit for that matter, realize you need overcome The Time Habit Gap™.
In my experience it takes 21 days in a row of doing the new habit to actually make it a habit; i.e., to overcome The Time Habit Gap™. So when you start your NEW exercise program, even if you’ve started 10 of them in the past and quit, commit to exercising 21 days in a row THIS TIME. The sheer amount of 21 times will alter your mind’s view of time reality and then, like me, you couldn’t imagine doing anything else, but exercise, in your time allotment.
Good luck. Please contact me if you’d like to have me give you some reinforcement. After all, if I can go from a 247 pound couch potato to 197 pound Ironman® Triathlete in 14 months, anybody can.
You can contact me via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!