My clients and I often enjoy getting into philosophical discussions, especially when January rolls around. Take my client, *Sasha who said something very interesting during one of our sessions: "What's holding me back?" That was the question that came to mind when she thought of her struggles to lose weight and how she never seemed to get over that hump to where exercising and eating healthy were a natural, daily occurrence.
As we dug a little deeper, we came up with some possibilities: One, not putting herself first. For example, on that very morning, she was headed to the treadmill for her workout when she got an urgent phone call from work. She could've ignored it -- After all, it was out of her usual work hours and she already had her workout planned. However, she took the call and, once that train started rolling, there was no stopping it to get back to her treadmill.
Another idea we came up with: Fear. Fear of failure, fear of doing the wrong thing, of disappointing her boss, her clients, her dog or whoever it is that wants her time.
Most of us can relate to both of those, guilt for putting ourselves first and, possibly, disappointing other people and fear of failure, pain or even just fear of change.
So, thinking about your situation, is there something holding you back? If you're struggling to exercise, you may have any number of excuses - Too busy, too tired, it's too boring, but think about what's behind those excuses. Could it be something larger that's standing in your way? A resistance to change, a fear of something? Or perhaps you're not sure and need to figure that out.
If you're struggling with other issues, exercise-related or not, what's holding you back from what you're trying to accomplish? Vote in this week's poll and then leave a comment, if my poll doesn't quite cover every possibility, and tell us about it.