When the time comes in our lives when we’re ready to make a healthy lifestyle change, whether it’s starting an exercise regimen or implementing nutrition changes, there are about a million different ways to do it. Not only that, but every day we are bombarded with the ‘best way’ to train or diet or the ‘most effective’ new supplement that will answer all your prayers, that will melt away your fat, that will give you all the muscles and that will make you happy.
First of all, changing how you eat to become more healthy and vibrant or exercising to become strong and fit takes an extraordinary amount of time. We must be patient and we must be consistent in our efforts. There is no quick fix, there is no magic pill, there is no one thing that works best. There are many, many approaches that work really well and it’s your responsibility to try and find what works best for you.
When it comes to diet. All around you may see or hear, even from professionals, the term “cheat meal” or “cheat day”. The first strategy for success is to stop using this term and to get it out of your vernacular all together.
The definition of the word cheat is: to defraud, swindle, to deceive, to elude, deprive of something expected.
Why would we think that swindling or deceiving ourselves is healthy?
When including a “cheat” day or meal in our nutrition plans, we give ourselves that “out”. We deceive ourselves into the mindset that the good we do is not good enough and that we somehow deserve to be “bad”. I call bullshit on all of that. There is no bad way to improve your life. If you have a plan and you stick with it and you are diligent and accountable, I promise you that you will have success. And that success will be much more powerful because you will know that you’ve been completely honest with yourself and with the process.
We also need to be rid of terms like “I’ve earned my food” or “that ice cream will cost me some burpees”. Food is life and to live we must eat.
Make a plan that works for you and stop using terms and phrases that in themselves create a negative connotation towards the foods we must eat to live.
When it comes to exercise. It’s very simple and exactly the same as with your nutrition. Make a plan, stick with it consistently, hold yourself accountable. Your workout is yours. Whatever that is. The second strategy for success is to get rid of the excuses and start understanding what you truly want. When we make excuses, it almost always means that we don’t really want to do the thing we’re trying to excuse anyway. If you really want something, excuses will fade and determination will take their place.
In my opinion any lifestyle changes we try to make for ourselves will undoubtedly fail when we are not honest with ourselves about them. Cheating is not honest. Making excuses is not honest because we end up ignoring that the excuse is easier than admitting the truth to ourselves.
So, the best two ways to build healthy fitness and nutrition habits are:
- Be honest with yourself. Don’t allow yourself to cheat and don’t make excuses.
- Make a plan that you will adhere to consistently.
I am here to help in any way that I can.