Alright! Monday morning, I'm going to get up early, I'm going to get a workout in, I'm going to come home and make myself a smoothie,I'm going to start my day, I've got my lunch that I made yesterday, it's two bits of chicken one tiny bit of avocado and a bit of lettuce, and then I'm going to power through to dinner time where I'm going to have a salad and then Tuesday i’m gonna get up again early and I'm going to start working out again and repeat, repeat, repeat.
Does this sound like you? Does this sound like a healthy approach to wanting to live a healthier lifestyle?
No, because it's not.
You can't go from 0 to 100. Especially if you're an everyday person because unless your goals are in alignment with wanting to be 2% body fat and getting on stage to be a bodybuilder, which is perfectly fine. Unless those are your goals you're gonna find it extremely difficult when you're offered that piece of cake at work or when you're offered those cheese and crackers just before dinner time or when you're offered that ice cream as dessert at a family dinner. You're going to find it really difficult to say no!
So the first step is make sure your goals are in alignment with why you're doing what you're doing. So if I want to lose 5 kilos and that's my goal, space it out don't make it five kilos in a month.“Okay well I know that I can cut back on three different types of foods, and that way I can lose five kilos in two months time.”
“You know what I might not be able to work out every single day, but I know that I can stick to three times a week and I can get that done.” That way, that approach to your eating and to your training is going to make you feel better than trying to do it 7 days a week 365 and you burn out after the first month because you've set these goals too high. Now, if you set them a little bit lower, a little bit more realistic and you hit those goals, you feel amazing! You set them too high and you miss them you feel like crap because you've not achieved the goals that you set out to achieve.
So, make sure that they are realistic and make sure that they include your long-term health not just this short-term fix of I need to lose two kilos and two weeks.