Have you ever started a new diet or fitness plan? Were you so excited you dove right in and stuck to your plan 100% only to get bored or burnt out weeks later? Maybe you were doing really well and then you were at a party and had a piece of cake and thought oh well, that’s the end of my diet. Do you look at your diet/exercise as all or nothing?
One of the things I see my clients (and even myself sometimes) is an all or nothing mindset. The problem with viewing everything as “good” or “bad” all in or nothing at all is that we are setting ourselves up for failure. When changing your eating habits or your workout routine it’s important to pace yourself. Remember that you want to make this sustainable. It’s a lifestyle change not a band aid or quick fix.
Make sure to acknowledge your progress and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get everything “right” every time. If your goal is to eat less sugar focus on replacing one sugary item a day with something healthier. The less sugar you eat, the less you crave. Whatever your goal is ask yourself what one thing you can do today to bring you closer to your goal. Write it down and do that one thing everyday for two weeks. It’s okay if you miss a day, the point is to keep going. Praise yourself when you do your daily practice and acknowledge when you don’t. It’s okay to fail as long as you’re failing forward. Keep going! The more you do the more it becomes habit.
The most important thing when changing your lifestyle is to aim for slow, steady change. You didn’t get where you are overnight and you’re not going to get to your goal overnight either. Just be consistent and persistent. The changes will come.
As always if you need help with where to start send me an email, I’d love to work with you! Melissa@melissamerrittfitness.com