Health is not black and white or right and wrong. It’s not getting on the wagon and falling off 100 times. It’s not finding the perfect diet and perfect workout program. It’s about understanding yourself and learning the mindset around lacking motivation and using discipline. Your health journey is not all or nothing, it’s finding what works for you and whatever you can stick to.
Mindset is going to make or break your journey – whether you are just starting or have been trying to get healthy for awhile.
Those who have tried before have limiting beliefs they probably don’t even realize. Things like “I suck at meal prep”, “I can never stick to a program”, “nutrition is hard for me”, “I can’t fit workouts in my schedule.” Well, those are all crap. The more you tell yourself that, the more you are going to believe it. And if you believe those negative thoughts you will never overcome them! It’s all about believing in yourself and believing you can.
For someone who is just starting out, their thoughts might be things like “I don’t know what I’m doing”, “This is too hard”, “It’s too late for me” and again, all limiting beliefs. Having thoughts like this are just setting people up to fail. Whenever someone is starting a new program, the thoughts need to be excited, motivated, and encouraging!
All or Nothing
So many women I coach have issues with this mindset…all or nothing. The idea that you are either 100% on or you are totally off the wagon. This idea is seriously bonkers. Do you slice your other 3 tires when one goes flat? If you miss 1 day of work do you skip the rest of the week? Then why would you spiral out of control because you ate 1 cookie or missed 1 workout? That mindset will cause you to fail 100% of the time.
Think of it like this….
1 bad meal in a day is not going to break your progress. If you are on track 95% of the day and off 5%, the odds are still in your favor.
If you miss 1 week of workouts in a 6 week program, you still have 5 other weeks you can kick butt in.
1 week of vacation without workouts or clean eating is just 1 week of allowing your body to relax. You still have 51 other weeks in the year.
Everyone is always caught up in the short term results…if they miss a workout or eat pizza then automatically things are just over. But what about if you think in terms of 6 months or a year? Then those few things that caused you to fall off track seem microscopic, miniscule.
We need short term goals to motivate us. And we need long term goals to remind us that 1 mistake isn’t going to derail your progress.
1 day at a time.
Sometimes it’s going to look like 1 workout in a week, and sometimes it’s going to look like pizza for dinner and a protein smoothie for breakfast. It does not have to be all or nothing!
Motivation and Discipline
Two very different things.
Motivation; the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
Discipline; the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.
Motivation is what gets you in the gym on the good days. On the days you’re excited for a new workout, excited about progress, excited about a new outfit. That is when motivation takes over ad helps.
Discipline is what gets you in the gym on the bad days. The days that you’re tired, the days you don’t want to workout, the days you would rather binge Netflix…that is when discipline, routine and habit gets you through your workout!
You will never be motivated to workout and eat healthy all the time, no one is. I, as a coach, still have days I want to skip workouts (and do) or eat cookies for dinner. But those days don’t have to be your new normal or your new habit. You take control of the situation and you remember your why! You remember why you started this journey, why you want to get healthy and why it’s important to you.
There will be roadblocks, and you will have off days…but remember that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. You don’t have to be “on” 100% of the time to see the results you want. You just have to be consistent and stick with it.
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