As I read chapter 11 of The 5 Second Rule today, several things stood out to me and I wanted to share them.

I’ve highlighted the quote at the beginning of every chapter so far. Today’s was as great as the rest:

“Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.” — Johann Wolfgang Con Goethe

Health changes are particularly difficult to make, and as I’m working on making these changes myself so this chapter’s message stuck with me even more.

Here are a few of my highlights:

“You must take action.”

“The problem is always your feelings about dieting.”

“…we just want to do the things that FEEL easy, you realize the secret to getting healthy is simple — you’ll never feel like it, you just have to 5–4–3–2–1 GO!”

“Stop thinking about how you feel. Your feelings don’t matter. The only thing that matters is what you DO.”

And then, as Mel Robbins shares so well through the rest of the book, she talks about one of her followers; Charlie, who lost 145lbs because he used the 5 second rule.

She talks about how horrible he must have felt at 383 pounds and I realized, I feel horrible. I hate how I look and feel, and maybe that is the motivation I need.

I love the idea of 5–4–3–2–1 GO, but sometimes I don’t GO. Sometimes I think, oh well, I’ll never get there.

It’s the reminder that I’d rather GO than keep feeling this way, that no I don’t want to get up, but who does?

Who wants to get off the couch? No one.

I agree that using the 5 second rule can be enough motivation and often is enough for me to make other changes. But with my health, my addiction to sugar, and my fear that this is more than I can fight, I need a little more, and I think this chapter has offered it.

A moving highlight:

“… the gap between the person you are now and the person you want to become can seem so big that it feels impossible to bridge that gap. … allowing those feelings to take over your mind is a form of self-abuse.”

That really hit me — self abuse.

Yes, I’m guilty of it, but maybe hearing it, and being able to use that as further motivation to make a change is the extra push I need.

And then, the icing on the cake that I need to remind myself of every time I “don’t want to” take care of myself:

“…is this really what I want? Am I really fine being the size I am?”

No! It is not what I want, no I am not fine being unfit like I am.

And so, when it’s time to get off the couch, when my Apple Watch says “hey, get up and move” I want to remember this and tag it to the end of my 5–4–3–2–1 GO, Yes I want to move, because this is not what I want, and no I am not fine being where I am. I, like you, deserve better.

Because, as Mel says in one of my last highlights in this chapter:

“There’s nothing more worth it than learning to push yourself right past your excuses and one step closer to the life, the body, or the future you dream about.”

Go grab this book, Mel Robbins has done a great job of describing the many ways you can use The 5 Second Rule, and it really is worth the read.

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