Participants of the Insight 2 Health Fitness Challenge during a recent morning workout. 

Have you ever had a conversation with your body?

I mean like a classic fight between the part of you that wants to do the right thing and the part that wants to do the wrong thing. This is the fight that I had the past three weeks. My second Insight 2 Health Fitness Challenge had just ended and the next one was coming.

My bad side would say to my good side, “Wake up at 5:30 a.m. again? That bed feels so good, plus you need your beauty sleep, remember?”

My good side quickly jumped in before the bad one could say another word.

“Shut up. I don’t want to hear it. This is good for us. Remember, you no longer have back pain. Hello.”

Millions of people have this fight every day. Should I work out or should I just wait until tomorrow? That ugly creature is called, procrastination. Procrastination is a monster that lives deep down inside every one of us. It’s this ugly creature that is to blame for bad health, bad relationships and the list goes on and on. We all know the right thing to but few of use actually do it.

As you have it, my good side won. I joined my third round of the Insight 2 Health Fitness Challenge. It was time to turn on the “beast mode” inside. As I finished my first week, I feel like the bad side of me is learning to do the right thing again.

Bad side of me says, “This isn’t that bad, I kinda like this exercising thing, I mean I get to make loud grunting noises as I push myself to the next level. Wow I feel so alive.”

The good side of me says, “Didn’t I tell you? I don’t know why you always play hard to get, you know you like working out.”

If this story sounds all that familiar, I have two simple pieces of advice to conquer this ugly creature procrastination. First, admit that you have a problem (we all do, hello) and decide you will do something about it. Second, look for people that want to encourage you, that will push you, even when you don’t want to be pushed.

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