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No Sweat by Michelle Segar

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CHAPTER

9

Six Big Ideas for Lifelong Sustainability

At the beginning of our second session, emily, a financial adviser in her thirties, was overflowing with excitement. “Michelle, I exercised for fifty minutes every day for six days last week! I’m so happy with myself!”

Uh-oh.

“I don’t want to burst your bubble,” I said, “but that’s a red flag for me.”

“What are you talking about? It was great!”

“It’s great that you had such a good time,” I said, “but we’re playing a long game here—a lifetime. And that kind of sustainable success won’t be based on you exercising six days a week for fifty minutes, or seven days a week for half an hour, or whatever arbitrary goals you want to achieve. It will be a result of how much you like what you’re doing, ...

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