Do you choose hard now or hard later?

Do you choose hard now or hard later?

Let’s face it, getting and staying fit and healthy can be hard work - but it doesn’t have to be! There’s some simple strategies after all the commiserating. 

There’s all the effort that you have to put out in making wholesome meals. 

There’s the will power that you must muster in avoiding unhealthy (TASTY!) foods. 

There’s the energy that it takes to get out of bed early to get in a workout before the day begins. 

There’s the struggle to lace up your shoes at the end of a long day to head out and be active rather than diving into the comfort of the couch. 

To be fit and healthy is to choose to do what’s hard, right now

Because let’s face it, getting dinner from a drive thru is easier than making it at home.

And eating whatever looks the most enticing is easier than saying no thank you. 

And sleeping in is easier than getting up at the crack of dawn to exercise. 

And settling into the couch at the end of your day is easier than moving your body through something active. 

We are faced with these decisions all day, everyday. And they add up. 


Here’s the thing, though. It’s not actually a choice between HARD and EASY. 

The real choice we are making is between HARD NOW, or HARD LATER.

Because for every EASY choice that you make today, you are setting yourself up for a HARDER life, down the road. 

Make no mistake about it, being unhealthy is hard

Being out-of-shape and overweight is hard

Living in a body that is racked with aches and pains is hard

Not being physically able to do the things you want to do is hard

So as you go through your day, faced with hundreds of opportunities to do what’s hard or what’s easy, remember this…

Choose to do what’s hard now or be faced with something much harder later.

  1. Accept what is. Depending on where you are in your journey, you may have a lot of adjustments to make - but that doesn’t mean you are unworthy. Accept and love yourself for who and where you are right now.
  2. Start small. Trying to change everything all at once is a recipe for failure. Pick one small habit and focus on just that until you master it. 
  3. Get help! When we go together, what’s hard alone becomes easier. We all do better with accountability - there’s no shame in that game! (Have you noticed every Olympian has a coach?) Whether it’s a workout buddy, a personal trainer or similar motivator, you'll find the journey easier to navigate. 

At 5:17, our mission is to empower you on your wellness journey. That means we believe you’ve got what it takes and our role is to support you, not demean or boss you around. 

If you’re looking for a wellness routine you will actually enjoy, call or email today to get started on a plan that will give you the opportunity to do what’s hard now, to achieve the life and body that you really want. We’ve got a 21-Day Challenge coming up that’s the perfect opportunity to nibble away at an otherwise arduous feat. Learn more here.

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