Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Lie of "Everything in moderation"

I read a blog post today written by a friend of mine that made so much sense to me that I want you to read it.

I really want you to read this.

No, really.  Go back, click the link, and read it.  Then, come back to Cuppa Fit and let me pour a bit more on the topic.

Just as Lori directly challenges the awful cliche "everything in moderation" as it applies to the food choices we make for ourselves and our family, I think the same cliche is the villain that sabotages many a personal fitness program.

I am now one month and one full week in to my new way of living.  If you have been following along, you know that I have seen some dramatic results in just that short period of time.

And I'm here to tell you that my success is not by living the mantra of "everything in moderation."

See, it's exactly that type of thinking/living that I was desperately needing to change.  Not to offend, but when it comes to a deep-seated desire to really get in shape, "everything in moderation" is a lame-a^% cover-up for not really wanting to make the extreme changes it will take to reach your goal.

How often do you hear people talking about getting into shape?  Honestly, I hear it all the time. It's like talking about the weather - it has become shallow, senseless, idle talk.  It's a topic that comes up often, and yet talking about it is the closest that many get to actually exercising.

I reached a place where I NEEDED to make a change.  Everything about my daily lifestyle was screaming out for me to get back in shape, reclaim and rebuild the temple God had given me, and turn around to help others to do the same.  Simply, I was tired of speaking in cliches and I didn't want my life to become one.

I can not motivate you to exercise.  I can only give you the tools.  You, however, must press play.  Only YOU can drive to the YMCA.  Only YOU can ignore the children for 30 minutes, (oh, I'm gonna hear it on that one), in order to regroup, refuel, and replenish all that is zapped from you on a daily basis.

Do not think you can do it by believing that "everything in moderation" is relevant to a dramatic life change.  It's not possible, for in that statement, you  have already admitted defeat. Real change will mean working out consistently and pushing your body to a limit that is challenging.  There will be sweat.  A walk in the park is nice, but save it for the cool down.

You have to want this for yourself.  See, I think most folks throw in the towel when the results they so desperately need to see don't come about.  And I think they don't come about because we are prone to moderation.  We tend to stack on the cardio, ('cause weights are so scary), plateau, don't see improvement and growth, and then wonder why our bodies aren't responding to all the "heavy" exercise we're doing.

It is time to CHANGE IT UP.

Get your family on board.  Get your children on board.  Get your friends on board.  Tell them your goals and that this is going to become a part of your life.  And then tell them that comments like, "everything in moderation" are counter-productive, and instead of mouthing off the cliches, why don't they join you.

Abolish the "everything in moderation" mentality.  I know it's scary.  But not if you let me help you develop ABUNDANCE in this area.

I'm here.


  1. Love the application of this idea. You are awesome.

  2. Absolutely wonderful! I could have not said it any better! :)