Author: Scott Smith
I hate to break this to you but … you are not perfect. Nor should you have any expectation to be despite the cultural pressures of today. And on top of all that, life is too unpredictable and complicated to expect your workout routine and diet to be perfect ALL THE TIME as well.
Structure and holding the line to your game plan is important but I always tell my clients that inevitably at some point they are going to face a setback. This could mean missing one workout or an entire month due to injury, work, laziness, or family emergencies. This could mean a busy social calendar that challenges your diet or a moment of weakness that leads to a binge.
In order to create a new habit and be healthy it takes the ability to be okay with slipping up but not okay with giving up.
If you are a perfectionist, often your expectations of what needs to be in place (to even give it your best shot) are unrealistic to sustain, so you may find yourself quitting before trying. Ever think these thoughts? “I missed Monday and Tuesday’s workout so I might as well just get back on track next week and skip the rest of the week.” “I’m traveling too much this month so I will start back up on a diet next month.” “My legs hurt, so instead of getting an upper body workout in, I will choose to do nothing.”
The key to being successful at anything, let alone your fitness goals, is not being a victim of your situation. Forgive yourself for being human and choose to get back on track when things don’t go well … immediately. Create 28 day goals and finish what you started, no matter how sloppy or frustrating it feels.