Fitmark Ambassador Sunny Norwood Buck shares how one of the most common questions is important to continually address
How well do you know yourself? That question gets thrown around so many times, but I think we’ve lost track of why the question is important to with. In an age where we’re told to consult a physician before embarking on just about any task that changes our regular routine, we may have lost sight of ourselves.
So, do you know how honest you are with yourself? Before starting another diet or workout routine, you should answer this question. Are you one of those people who “forgets” about a bad habit you repeat or do you “justify” it with excuses about how you’re feeling and what you did for to make up for it? If you can’t be honest with yourself, why would you start anything without a way to truly measure what you are doing?
This does not mean all hope is lost. It just means, you may need to take a few extra steps on your way to making changes. A pen and a journal can help you track what bad habit you repeat and what you do to correct it. Involving family and friends may get irritating, but they may also keep on you on track if they know where you usually get off track. Social media can also be your friend. Status updates, tweets, and blogs can keep you reporting the facts. You may want to hold off making updates until after a workout. Using your phone in the middle of the gym is not only irritating to those around you, but can be safety concern if you’re not paying attention to your environment. These are just a few ideas of how to keep you honest.
My intent is not to have you judge how good of a person you are based on how you answered the honesty question. It is just a starting point I think you should use to determine how you will proceed in your journey to better health and fitness. So much will change along the way, you may have to readdress the question several times and get a different answer each time. Have you ever caught you lying to yourself? What do you do to keep yourself honest and on track?
Sunny Norwood Buck
Fitmark Ambassador 2013