So I recently discovered the fitness sub-reddit (and was subsequently directed to the “loseit,” “nutrition,” and “keto” sub-reddits).
I’ve been spending the past few days looking up fitness motivation stuff, reading articles written by people formerly more obese than I, and basically just educating myself on different diet and exercise regimens that exist to help people like me.
Not once since discovering these resources have I gone for a walk, done a single stretch, or thought twice about what crap I shoveled into my mouth.
Then I found the section labeled “Psychology” under the Fitness section’s FAQ.
"Substitution" is a well known psychological effect: when you announce your goals to people, you receive psychological satisfaction, and it makes it less likely you achieve them. Fitit is about helping you achieve your fitness goals. Fitters therefore will dissuade you from announcing your goals (although you should certainly have them privately), but instead to talk about what tasks and activities you have recently completed toward your fitness goals. If you don’t have any recent achievements, go get some, then come back and tell us.
Keep in mind that this is true in real life, too! If you walk around telling friends “I’m going to lose 80 lbs”, this makes it less likely you will lose it. If you must tell them something, tell them what you’ve already done: “I have lost 10 lbs” but don’t talk about your goal (although you should certainly have one).
I feel like doing the research has given me the same effect. Couple this with endless excuses not to begin a healthier lifestyle and you have me: same weight, same level of fitness. Just sitting in front of my laptop staring at beautiful bodies.
Where do I end this without stating my intentions and further hindering my own success?
I just found this interesting and quite possibly beneficial to those finding themselves in a similar predicament.