You want to get back in shape? Try avoiding guilt.

I am not a health professional and I will not, at the end of this article, redirect you to my super secret DVD program. I don’t do saltos, I don’t run 42 miles a day.

What do I do then?
I eat, I sleep. Lots.
Before sleeping I sometimes wolf-out a dozen of cookies while reading a book.
And I’m alright with that.

It hasn’t always been like that. More or less everybody in this modern, fast moving world is subject to some level of stress.
During several period of my life, I gave ‘comfort food’ its whole meaning. A juicy hamburger would only be slightly less friendly then the next one in my plate.

Of course, I’d feel bad for eating so much, so I’d get even more stressed.
And guess what I did to soothe my poor heart? I ate.
I got lucky enough to realize where it was going before it took a toll on my health. Only, I had to think of a way to stop it.

I replaced food with 15 minutes of exercise 2 days over 3.

It was hard in the begining, but 15 minutes quickly became 30, then 45, and as a result I found myself eating as much as I wanted, everyday, while feeling good about each and every bite. Working out got be back in shape, getting back in shape made me feel better, feeling better made want to eat less. I am still eating everyting I want.

See, too many people get into diets or exercise programs with guilt as a motivator – “If I don’t exercise, I’ll feel bad. If I eat, I’ll feel bad”. Comfort food being what it is, guilt is the best way to keep you from doing anything.

Try looking at it like that: “If I exercise, I’ll feel and look better, and damn I can’t wait for my next meal”. That’s all it took for me.

To conclude, here are some little tips that helped me a lot:

  • You have to want it.
  • You don’t need to leave your room, lots of workouts don’t necessitate equipment.
  • Do what you like, try different programs and find your own pace.
  • Watch a martial art movie, a boxing match, a dance video before starting.
  • At the end of your routine, ask yourself “can I do more?”, be honest anwsering it, then proceed.
  • If you’re not sweating/out of breath, you can do more.
  • Give it your best, just that. No need to hurt yourself.
  • Look at yourself, you’re beautiful, and it’s just the start!

Now go eat! It doesn’t matter what, you’ll sweat it out later!

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