When I think back a few years, I know I was most definitely an ‘all or nothing’ kind of person when it came to food and exercise. In fact the two went hand in hand – I either paid attention to both or neither. Does that sound familiar?
In an ideal world we would automatically choose super healthy food all of the time and we’d spring out of bed excited at the thought of an exercise routine. Ermm, hello… we live in the real world! So what do we do when we can’t manage it all?
We do the best we can at any given time!
Now this isn’t a ‘get out of jail free’ card. You can’t rely on flimsy excuses to justify why you ate two cakes and why you couldn’t exercise even though you had time for an hour on Facebook looking at cute animal videos (yep, I do that too!) No, you do have to actually do the work to see results. You have to spend more time cooking clean, whole food and more time moving your body. But there are times when real life gets in the way of good intentions!
So if you have a genuine reason for why you can’t do what you know you need to do, then cut yourself some slack and do what you can. For example, you come in late from work and you’ve grabbed a pizza en route because you just have no enthusiasm to cook. Okay, fair enough, one pizza won’t kill you, but I’m sure you could still find time and energy for a simple 5 minute ab or arms routine to keep an exercise routine going – 5 minutes, that’s all you need. Or maybe you’re feeling rough with a stinking cold. Of course you’re not going to want to get physical and exercise but you can still cook up a good meal, even if it’s only a simple homemade soup. Now would be the time you need it most to help you recover.
So back to me… a few years ago if I was on a roll, I’d feel great, I’d cut out the crap and work my butt off, but if one element slipped, I’d automatically give up on the other without even giving it much conscious thought. I couldn’t see the point of exercising if I’d had a Mars Bar that day (Mars Bars had always been my downfall until they changed the recipe). Don’t exercise because you ate a Mars Bar? What? That sounds ridiculous even to me, but that’s how I felt so I’m sure many of you do too. I guess it was the guilt of eating something I shouldn’t have which depleted my enthusiasm and motivation to do the best for myself.
Now I wouldn’t dream thinking like that. If anything I think the opposite. If I can’t exercise I’m more conscious that I need to eat really well as I won’t be burning it off in the same way and likewise if I have a couple of meals or snacks that aren’t a great choice, I make sure I get my ass in that gym and don’t find excuses.
Here’s another excuse I used… ‘If I’m not going shopping until Thursday and getting the veg, I may as well not exercise until then’. Since when did having no veg stop my arms and legs working?!
So get honest with yourself!
Are you an ‘all or nothing’ person? Pay attention to yourself and make changes. This is something I’ve had to work quite hard at and if I can do it, you can too!
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Have a good week!