The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

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This is not a tale of triumph. It is a tale of laziness, and most of us are well-acquainted with it. SOURCE

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Stage 1: Motivation.

Your mission to get fit starts with the excitement of picturing yourself looking amazing on the beach.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

It seems really simple: you’re going to start working out and stop eating junk food. By Memorial Day you’ll look and feel like this:

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

So you head to the gym for the first time in months.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

You’re totally prepared to bring it.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

YOU’RE SO READY FOR THIS.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

Stage 2: The horrible realization about your total lack of fitness.

10 minutes into your workout, reality starts to set in:

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

You’re completely out of shape.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

And you have NO idea what you’re doing:

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

Stage 3: Anger.

Everyone at the gym is hotter than you.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

And the people around you actually look like they’re having fun working out.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

Stage 4: Overwhelming regret.

You stick it out for another half hour, but you suddenly aren’t sure if you’re humanly capable of running for more than 10 minutes at a time without dying.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

This is your face after leaving the gym. But it’s okay – tomorrow is a new day. You have to start somewhere, right?

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

Then you wake up the next morning and you’re so sore you can barely walk.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

 

Stage 5: Demotivation.

You think about how you have to work out again today or you’re never going to get in shape in time for summer.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

 

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

You drag yourself to the gym a few more times, but by the end of the week you’re so over it.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

And this is your reaction when someone asks how your new fitness routine is going:

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

Whatever, at least you’ve been good about your diet. Until there’s a birthday party at work and someone offers you cake.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

Stage 6: Temptation.

Thoughts like these start running through your head:

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

Stage 7: Gluttony.

YOU REALLY MISS FOOD AND YOU WANT TO EAT EVERYTHING AND NO ONE IS GOING TO STOP YOU.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

You eat 5,000 calories in one sitting, rendering your week’s worth of dieting and exercise completely useless.

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

Stage 8: Denial.

At first you’re like, “I can’t believe I ate all of that AND stopped going to the gym.”

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

Stage 9: Apathy.

But then you’re like:

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

Stage 10: Acceptance.

You give up, embrace your laziness, and carry on (until you do the same exact thing next spring).

The 10 Stages Of Trying (And Failing) To Get In Shape

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