Maybe you’ve lost some motivation, or you gave into temptation and went off plan. It happens to everyone from time to time, and hey – not a big deal if you wake up the next day and get right back on plan.
But what about when you can’t? What about when you let one day off track become three, four, or five days? What about when you slowly see the number on the scale creeping up on you?
No matter how big or long your “failure” is, it is actually very important that you have these experiences.
1. Failing is how you learn to succeed. That feeling you get the morning after you over indulge in drinking and pizza eating? Yeah…sometimes you need that subtle reminder of why you’re doing what you’re doing. Experience the feeling and realize that you must accept it and move on by making the next great decision – a healthy meal or a great workout. Failure is an important reminder of the place you’ve come from and where you could be headed if you don’t get back on track. You will fail. You will make mistakes. But they’re not really failures or mistakes if you let them become lessons. If you get a flat tire, do you slash the other three? Or do you patch up your otherwise perfectly good tire an keep driving?
2. You need to live your life. Celebrate with food when it’s time to celebrate, but that doesn’t mean you can celebrate often. Live your life by enjoying social situations, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries – but make sure those “celebrations” don’t creep into your every day life. You only get one life, but you only get one body, too.
3. But you also need to know when it’s time to stop making excuses. “I had a bad week”….”I had so much going on this weekend that I couldn’t plan and prep”…”I’m always just so tired”…”I’m too busy to work out.” Sound like you? Stop making excuses. The longer you wait, the harder it be comes. Are you truly giving your health 100% of your effort? Make yourself a priority in your own life. If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything, and you can’t really give anything to anyone else.
Have some discipline.
Close your Facebook and go work out for half an hour.
4. You will always need to set new goals. Once you accomplish something on your bucket list – whether it’s crossing a finish line of a race or seeing a certain number on the scale – you will need something else to continue on for, or your motivation will quickly fade. Maybe it’s time to focus on building muscle, running faster, toning your arms, or anything you’ve always wanted to do. You are only going to keep improving yourself if you have goals.
5. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Establishing new healthy habits are for life, not until you can put on a certain size or you see a number on the scale. It’s walking a balance of 85% healthy eating and 15% enjoyment. It’s about working exercise into your daily life to a point where it is not a question, it’s just something you need to do. You will get there. It takes practice. It takes failures. It takes learning experiences.