The definition of foolishness is doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. Whether you are 18 or 80 everyone at one time or another has become a victim of the pitfalls of dieting and exercise winding up in many cases worse off than they started. No need to list the reasons which contribute to abandoning goals. They are widely known. Sadly the end result is usually resignation that any future efforts are hopeless and destined to failure after which no further attempts will ever be considered.
And that is correct: no attempts should be made.
That would be... foolish.
Cycles are nearly impossible to break. Cycles do not solve a problem; they circle around it and wear us out in the process. Breaking the cycle requires a different perspective, which we can only achieve if we escape it.
Escaping the cycle does not take Herculean efforts to reach "escape velocity"... no, the solution to the riddle is quite simple: Place yourself in the center of the process instead of viewing things from the outside only to be looking in.
Once you've centered yourself you'll realize several important things.
First: The goal you have been searching for is to improve your quality of life and enhance performance, not the short terms effects of weight loss or building body mass.Decide...
Second: You are on a journey not in a race or tied to a deadline. The journey involves a destination, a plan and the belief that you will arrive at your destination. Commit...
Third: You must embrace the concept of wanting to belong to a community of wellness and fitness explorers verses the idea that you are independent, and your struggles are to be born by you alone. "You become/ are who you hang out with." Succeed...
Preparation then becomes relatively obvious. All journeys require some fundamental ingredients: supplies, training, and guidance. But there is also an intangible component. We must have our minds in the game, in the gym at all times and we must work towards creating this mental picture. A yoga mat, a small rug or our favorite shirt can all become part of our own personal space, our own portable "gyms". These physical and intellectual pieces work together and as one of them improves it naturally draws the others upwards with it. This continuous reward component is the key to motivating yourself to venturing on. Before long you realize you are neither "dieting" nor "working out" but instead characterize yourself as a fitness seeker having the talent and capability of continuously improving along multiple aspects of your well being. You will "Know Thyself". And while you are enjoying the satisfaction of these procedural successes almost imperceptible to you the pounds are falling away, the muscles are toning and the performance is improving- free of charge.
All possible thanks to a new skill set.
And the reward is not in ultimately achieving a goal.
It is the journey itself
which you are now fit to undertake.
Welcome to the BeachBody community of fitness and wellness lovers.