All your life, you’ve been told you should never give up. You’ve probably been told things like, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” and, “Don’t be a quitter,” many, many times. But, like a lot of things you’ve been told, this can be problematic.
There are many things that you should just give up, because they are things that just aren’t helping you achieve your objectives. If your number one objective is to get healthy and stay healthy, then you really should give up.
- Give Up Trigger Foods
- Give Up Toxic People
- Give Up Toxic Foods
- Give Up Toxic Attitudes
- Give Up Toxic Comparisons
- Give Up Things that Don’t Work
- Give Up Toxic Time Wasters
If certain foods trigger emotional or physical hunger for you, then you should probably consider giving it up for a couple of months to see if it is truly a trigger. If so, you should probably give it up for good. You can also look for other foods that serve as a better substitute, without the trigger effect.
While you are getting healthy, many of your family and friends might not understand the tools that you are using, and they can be very negative in their responses. While it’s difficult to understand their motives, you really need to move beyond their objections, and just continue on. There is, obviously, a delicate balance in dealing with friends and family, but if this means you have to draw a line in the sand, and hold fast to some very strict boundaries, so be it. There are many stressful side effects of anger, that can negatively effect fat loss and health, so you need to give it up. Try to surround yourself with people who are encouragers, and can help you in your journey.
We see so many people cycle their health, by returning to old, unhealthy lifestyles once they reach their goals. If specific foods acts like a toxin in your body (i.e. sugar, processsed carbs, etc.), and has long term health consequences, we need to treat it like the cancer that it is and give it up for good.
Most of us have come to the realization that most things we were taught about health in school, and by the media, have been wrong. While it’s easy to get angry and dwell on it, it’s really important to just move on. Attitudes like anger and bitterness are easy to channel into physical workouts that have a lasting benefit. But, if you try to hold onto it, the stress effect can be detrimental in your journey to better health.
You should quit comparing yourself to other people. Judging your progress by the progress of other people is not only unhelpful, it’s unhealthy. People maintain health, lose health, lose fat, and gain fitness at differing rates because we are individuals and have differing metabolism, biomes, etc. You need to focus on taking steps that you can control to become more fit and healthy, and ignore the noise around you.
Everyone has different goals, so it’s important that you find what works for you. Part of this journey is trial and error. If you try various foods, work out habits, or anything else, and it doesn’t help you toward your goals, then you should give it up, and find something that does work.
While you need to take time to relax, meditate, learn, and enjoy, there are many things that are simply old habits, and are time wasters. Find more healthy habits to fill your life, and fill these time voids. Consider combining your activities, like combining yoga, stretching, exercising and meditation. Look for opportunities to find things that are enjoyable and can be combined. Eliminating things that are time wasters is a fantastic way to stay focused on your goals. Time wasting activities often lead to mindless snacking, which is not beneficial. Give up those time wasting activities and stay focused and productive.
While this is in no means a complete list, as you continue you your journey to better health and life, look for things that you can give up. Then look for better ways to replace that time, habit, or food, and continue to monitor your progress.
The reality is, you can give up, and be more awesome.