Hey, Get Fit! participants, I'm told I get the privilege of talking to you last this season, and that's great because I want to tell you exactly what you can take out of this program if you do it right: A long, healthy life!
Many of you out there have accomplished what you wanted to accomplish during this season. You worked hard for it and you beat the odds, because you really are fighting a difficult battle when you try to make major changes in your life. It's hard to change, but it's worth it. And it will only really be worth it if you can make those changes last. I want you to know that you can do it.
You see, I'm not here to tell you that you have to live the rest of your life on a diet, or that you have to work out five days a week for the rest of your life. You can just live your life, and incorporate into it these new habits that you have formed. You don't have to be perfect – you won't be perfect – but you can be healthy. You've proved it to yourself over the last three months.
-- LB D. Watson wants Get Fit! participants to feel good about their lifestyle changes and make them into lasting habits
Here's the thing, though: It's easy to go back. It's easy to fall back into eating whatever and whenever you want and exercising without any plan or consistency. The key is not to beat yourself up over one bad day or one indulgence. It's going to happen, and it's not the end of the world. In fact, you should enjoy the foods you really like from time to time, and you should take a break from your exercise from time to time. I know the Bucs' great trainer, Todd Toriscelli, told you exactly that last week. Just don't treat it like it's the end of your program. If you've made a lasting change to your lifestyle, you'll be able to treat yourself without it becoming a habit. You've got new habits now!
Let me say it again: You don't have to be perfect. Just continue to live this new healthy lifestyle you've adopted, and continue to feel good about yourself. Don't compare yourself to anybody else, don't measure your success by what somebody else is doing. You've already succeeded. Now take that success and make it pay off for the rest of your life.
Good luck and go Bucs!
- Buccaneers LB Dekoda Watson