I have the best of intentions. I start a program all gung ho, ready to follow every word and crush it. I'm sure the same is true for you. I plan all my meals. I schedule my workouts into my day and for the first week I probably follow it.
Enter weekend. The time when there are 1000x more social events and temptations and opportunities to skip your workout due to a different schedule.
You have two choices: do what you said you were going to do or don't.
It sounds harsh when you hear it like that. You can do it or you can be a liar and you can quit. And I think most of us think this way. We think we have to be 100% perfect for 100% off our game and have a "cheat day" or just give up completely!
But there is something in between. You can have small items that don't 100% fit your meal plan....everyday even! You can skip a workout and not gain weight or lose all the strength you worked so hard to achieve.
You know when I have done my absolute best following a fitness and nutrition plan? When I ate chocolate covered raisins everyday. I have a MASSIVE sweet tooth and cutting sweets out entirely is really hard for me without replacing it with another bad choice. So instead of denying myself sweets 100% I am going to switch half a pint of ice cream a day for a small amount of chocolate covered raisins, while eating according to my nutrition plan the rest of the day.
I get my sweets and I follow my plan. I don't feel deprived and I still nourish my body with real foods that are good for me all day long!
If I miss one workout, I double up the next day (still only an hour of working out) or I just say oh well and continue on with my life, following the schedule the next day! Missing one workout isn't going to sabotage my goals. Missing one workout and then throwing the rest of my plan out the window will.
1) Don't cause yourself to binge or quit with food. Allow yourself small things that will satisfy your cravings. NO GUILT when you eat these things!
2) Don't let yourself quit just because you missed a workout. Jump back in and finish strong! No guilt here either!
Now make the commitment to yourself that you will not quit, you will not put yourself in a situation where you will fail and you will not guilt yourself! This is about living a BETTER life, not torturing yourself and making yourself miserable.
Make the choice and do it!
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance