Only one – but it’s really expensive, takes a really long time, and the lightbulb has to really want to change. This is one of my favorite jokes from my days as a substance abuse counselor. It's a playful way of illustrating the plight of affecting change in people and holds true with getting in shape. Think about how much money you've spent on diets, fitness classes and gym memberships. How many months or years have you dedicated to programs and routines only to yo-yo up and down or make no change at all? Are you waiting for the right trainer, workout or nutritional program to change your body without you truly needing to change yourself?
The truth is, we too often put all our effort into external changes without ever seeking an internal change. Have you gotten to the heart of why you want to get in shape? How much would it mean to you? What difference would it make in your life and what are you willing to sacrifice for that? You see, for real change to happen you need to connect it to something deeper than surface appearance; you need to connect it to your values and purpose in life. Moreover, you need to understand that your bad habits don’t just keep you out of shape, they also do not align with your values.
How many other things do you routinely do that may not be “pleasurable.” Nobody enjoys changing diapers but when it's your baby you want what's best for her so you do it almost without thinking. Think about the food choices you make for your baby; how do you care for, protect and cherish her? If you take care of your body like you take care of your baby your entire life changes, not just your waistline. You are worth as much as and deserve as much as your baby. So what does it take to change a lightbulb? Take a moment today to remind yourself what you really want and start changing it today!
-Jose Madrigal- Studio Fitness Owner and Trainer