"It's not a lie if you believe it"

I was hit with a bit of wisdom when chatting with Jason today in the office. 
In reference to some fitness related (and unrelated) topics, Jason reminded me of Seinfeld’s George Costanza’s classic line “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”
When speaking of fitness and fitness related topics, this quote can ring clear and true.
Deciding to make a big change in your health, looks, performance, or anything else a workout program can help with is usually a big endeavor, with lots of work involved.  Sometimes lifestyle altering work.
At first, it’s easy.  The excitement of doing something new and the promise of change keeps motivation high.  The work is worth it.
After some time, when the realization sets in that this is really hard work that takes a long term commitment, the motivation can wane and the intensity of that fire that kept you focused at first drops a notch.
Right here, at this point, hides the danger of conveniently forgetting some of your good habits.  Convincing yourself by rationalizing bad behavior at first will make you feel guilty.  At first.  But it gets easier.  Before you know it, you are believing a lie.  It happens to EVERY ONE at some point.
Some common believable lies:
“I have to live life, this diet isn’t realistic…”
“My (insert friend/husband/wife/new magazine article etc….) said I’m working  way too hard on this, I should take a break.”
“I did some gardening this week (or any other common household activity that everyone should do anyway) so I didn’t get my cardio in.”
There are endless believable lies involving how long, how hard, and how focused your workouts are.
You know better.
Do what you need to do to achieve your fitness goal without falling into this (easy to fall into) trap.
Matt Pirtle
Emerge Fitness Training