It’s never a matter of education…
It’s never a matter of education.
It’s always a matter of motivation.
I have been on my own health journey for the last 27 years, and I have spoken to many hundreds of people around the subject of weight loss and healthy living, pretty much every day for the last 11 years, and I have directly worked with people and tried to help people with weight loss just about every day for the last 5 or 6 years, and in all that time and contact, I have never met one single person who didn’t understand that eating vegetables is good for you.
I have never met anyone who thought smoking was good for you.
I didn’t meet one single person who thought beer and pizza was healthy, slimming food.
I have not met a single soul who thought ‘eat more veg, drink more water and get some exercise’ was bad advice.
You see, we all know what to do, we just don’t do what we know.
It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I revisit this topic, it remains an undeniable truth. These days, everyone knows what they should be doing. We know we shouldn’t smoke, we know we should drink less, we know six pints per night is not healthy. We know two bottles of wine on a Saturday evening is too much and we are going to regret it the next morning. We know that we shouldn’t order take-away food four nights per week. We know we should eat more salad, more oily fish, and watch less TV.
But still we do all of these things. I work with people every day who know the things they should be doing to lose weight, have more energy, and feel better, yet they still engage in those things they know they shouldn’t.
And so it is.
Success in our health endeavours is almost never a matter of education, and almost always a matter of motivation.
When I talk to people about why they still smoke, why they eat too much junk food, why they drink more than they should, why they eat too much sugary food and confectionery, why they don’t get enough exercise and why they don’t eat enough fresh whole foods, the reasons are always the same. Stressed about work, stressed about relationship issues, stressed about finances. Too busy working to prepare meals from scratch. Upset by a row with a loved one, and that led to wine and ice cream. Late home from a meeting so ordered pizza to be delivered. Too tired after a hard day at work to go to the gym.
The reasons are always the same. It’s always the same excuses. Work, relationships, finances, these are ‘the big three’.
Ultimately, what does that mean? It just means that person is not motivated enough by their health goals to stick to what needs to be done. They could get up at 5:30 and get a workout in before work, so that even if that meeting does run late, the workout isn’t lost. They could prepare meals in advance to ensure better options are available and ready in the fridge, but they don’t, they’re too busy relaxing in front of the TV (you know, the electronic income reducer).
It’s all a matter of motivation.
And the truth is, most people don’t take their health that seriously until it’s compromised.
A friend helped me coin the phrase “The day will come, when you will want to make your health your top priority…or the day will come when you wish you had.”
I urge you not to leave it til it’s too late.
Are you motivated? Are you doing the right things to lose the excess weight, to have more energy, to resist the signs of ageing as well as possible and be the best version of you that you can be?
Maybe you’ll find some tips in here, the 12 Core Principles of Mother Nature’s Diet.
To your good health!