Give Yourself 90 Days
90 days is not a long time. It’s 3 months. It’s 13 weeks. It’s 2,160 hours. 90 days is more than enough time to make drastic, life changing modifications to your health. It is enough time to form habitual patterns that will carry over into daily life following the 90 day experiment.
The human body is incredibly resilient. It takes abuse and mistreatment unbelievably well. The body finds ways to keep functioning despite poor nutrition and lack of exercise which add internal maladies and excess weight to its frame. As amazing as it is that our body is able to withstand this punishment, it is even more incredible how our body responds when we take good care of it. With strict adherence to a sustainable diet and a structured exercise program your body will undergo an unbelievable transformation. Those who are new to training can even see results almost immediately. Your body wants to move and when you provide it with an adequate stimulus and the proper nutrition to grow muscle it has no choice but to change. If you want to improve your health or transform the way you look you need to make a genuine effort to change. Give yourself 90 days of exercise and healthy eating. For 90 days tell yourself that you will do anything it takes to strictly follow a diet plan and exercise regimen. I understand that it can be difficult to implement lifestyle changes especially if you have created habits that are antithetical to those that you wish to achieve, but you need to determine how much you value creating these positive changes. If it is something that you truly desire then it is of the utmost importance that you invest in yourself and create the necessary adjustments to be successful. There is an old quote by the motivational speaker Jim Rohn that can speak volumes to anyone wishing to make a change:
“We must all suffer one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”
90 days of disciplined training and eating is nothing in the grand scheme of things. You deserve to give yourself a chance at success. Work hard for 90 days and your life will change. You will likely find that the behaviors manifested during your 90 day trial will carry over into your daily life and ultimately lead to living a healthier lifestyle. There is no better time to start than now. Don’t allow yourself the chance to face regret.
Remember that little things add up. It seems cliche to say things like take the stairs or park in the back of the parking lot but over the course of time those small changes will amass quickly. Creating momentum is an integral part of your health journey. You’ll find that the more successes you attain, the easier it will be to continue. Some easy places to generate momentum include the following:
- If you are a soda drinker, quit. It is completely unnecessary and has no beneficial nutritional properties. Train your body to drink water at meals or when you are thirsty. If you need caffiene, get it somewhere else.
- Eat at least one serving of vegetables at EVERY meal. One serving is not a lot. Stock up on frozen vegetables for added convenience, a few minutes in the microwave and they are ready to eat. The benefit is greater than you can imagine.
- Plan your meals in advance. Planning your meals in advance will improve your chances at success. Having a clear cut menu of your weekly meals will keep you on track and ensure that you hit the necessary nutrient values. It will also make your trips to the grocery store more effective. You will find yourself doing less browsing and perusing of the aisles and you will be less likely to make poor choices because you have a defined plan.
- Find an exercise buddy. Having an exercise buddy will provide you with an accountability partner. If you are someone who has struggled to exercise consistently, having an accountability partner will keep you honest.
Start right now. Formulate your plan to invest in your health for the next 90 days. Set aside 1 or 2 hours to organize your strategies for achieving the goals that you desire. If you don’t know where to start or need assistance in developing these plans, ask. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance when it comes to diet or exercise. 90 days really can change your life. If you want it bad enough it will happen. It might not be easy but it is entirely possible. I guarantee that you will have no regret if you give yourself 90 days of persistent effort. If you aren’t living the life you want to live, make a change.