When I was a little kid, I went as Superman for Halloween probably five or six years in a row. I’m not kidding. I freaking loved Superman, watching all of the movies on repeat and wearing a cape as often as possible. I even wore red undies on the outside sometimes. Yup. So, why did I love Superman so much?
Because he’s a total badass!
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound – who WOULDN’T want to be Superman, right? Now, although the Man of Steel is pretty much indestructible, there’s one thing that can take him down quickly: Kryptonite.
Pretend for a minute that you’re Superman in a quest for weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. I bet you’ve tried to get in shape in the past, you’ve probably even had some success and watched the number on your scale get smaller and smaller. However, there’s that one thing (or two) that eventually always knocked you off your path and sent you in downward spiral back to complacency and unhealthiness.
This failure is your Kryptonite, and if you really want to become a superhero you’re going to have to learn how to deal with it.
If you’ve tried to get in shape before and failed, obviously something went wrong or you’d already be where you want to be. Did you get sick and give up? Did you drown your sorrows in a week long binge after your team lost in the playoffs? Did you have a birthday at work and eat an entire cookie cake by yourself? Maybe you just ran out of steam and lost your motivation.
Think about your past experiences with fitness and wellness and write down what went wrong. Usually there’s an event or two that you can point to as the cause of your downfall.
This is important – don’t beat yourself up about having a weakness. If Superman can have one, so can you. Now, Superman’s weakness is easy for him to identify: it’s green, it came from a meteorite, it glows, and makes him feel like ass. Discovering yours might not be so easy.
These are mine.
Once you’ve figured out your Kryptonite, it’s time to take care of business, put on your cape, and make sure your Kryptonite doesn’t take you down again. The best solution I’ve found for setting new habits comes from Leo over at ZenHabits:
If you signed up for the 28-day challenge on the Nerd Fitness Message Boards (it’s where the cool kids hang out), this is a perfect opportunity for you to kick your Kryptonite to the kur…curb.
Here’s how I plan on dealing with mine:
What’s your Kryptonite, and how do you plan on dealing with it? There’s no reason we all can’t be superheroes, so let’s help each other out!