It may be tempting to structure a meticulous six-month workout plan to help you reach your weight loss goal. It may feel exciting to plan so far ahead but living in the future can be overwhelming and fill you with anxiety. It may seem productive to imagine what it would be like to work out four or five times a week while following a healthy eating plan for several months. You may tell yourself with such a routine; it would be impossible not to see the results you seek. After all, it sounds great on paper, and it is comforting to feel you are on the right track.
If you have something similar in mind, you ought to be very, very careful. While planning is important, too much of it could work against you. This is because it tends to trick you into believing you are doing the work. For a case in point, notice how those who talk about their goals frequently tend to fall short the most. In contrast, those who surprise you with their weight loss progress usually do it without any fanfare.
Generally speaking, the less you talk about your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them. You will then find you focus more on the action itself instead of wasting time and mental energy on endless planning. Whether your goal is to…
- lose weight,
- lower your blood sugar,
- improve your body composition,
- fitness, or
- your blood cholesterol profile, it is going to benefit you to focus on smaller steps.
One workout at a time, and concentrate on the current week. As long as you are on the right track, what happens a month from now is irrelevant. You can only control what you do in the present. So why worry about the details of exercising a week or two, or a month or so from now? Focus on being active during the current week, and don’t trouble yourself with the illusion of quick results.
It is ultimately more productive to concentrate on the process than on goals. That is what it is about. Focusing more on the latter may cause you to spend too much time planning and verbalizing your intentions. Narrowing your thoughts on the process, however, allows you to focus on making progress bringing you closer to your objective. Not to mention it could be disheartening to imagine working out twenty times by the end of a month. If the exercise habit is not yet in place in your life, you might lose consistency or quit.
Take one day at a time, and trust the results will come. They will if you are willing to commit to action – and not endless planning.
Although managing Type 2 diabetes can be very challenging, it is not a condition you must just live with. Make simple changes to your daily routine – include exercise to help lower both your blood sugar levels and your weight.