I've coached a lot of people in my eight plus years as a health and wellness coach. In that time frame I've heard the phrase "I'm going to start fresh on Monday" more times than I can count. Other phrases that come to mind are "Well I already broke my diet, might as well keep going" or "I didn't start the week off great so I might as well start up next week". All of these phrases are your enemy.
I know the phrase "something is better than nothing" has been said one too many times. But, this statement can really level up your attempts at health and wellness. Let me use the example of working out:
Imagine this past year your goal was to complete three workouts per week. Now imagine that fifty percent of those weeks didn't go the way you planned. Maybe you missed your first workout of the week which turned into an entire week of doing nothing. Now imagine that instead of falling victim to the all- or- nothing mindset you decided to complete at least one workout on weeks that didn't go as planned. Over a one year period you would have completed an extra fifty- two workouts.
We can apply this thought process to nutrition as well. Imagine that every time you "indulged more than you wanted" you fell victim to the all or nothing mindset. Instead of eating a heavy dish at dinner and moving on you chose to have dinner, cake, ice cream, and raid the snack pantry once you got home. The dinner alone may not have been enough to set you back. However, deciding to eat everything under the sun will most likely leave you feeling awful and feeling that much further from your fitness goals.
The concept is simple, just do your best. I work with a lot of type a clients. They strive to do their best. But, at times this mindset can throw them off track. There are a few examples that come to mind. I have a girl I train that would skip entire weeks of her training if she knew she couldn't complete all three days. I have another woman that I train who would skip her sessions completely if she was going to be more than fifteen minutes late. The way that I handle conversations like these is usually very similar. My question is "Do you think that mindset could be holding you back?"
I know this topic isn't "sexy" and you've probably heard this concept a million times over. But, if you break free from the all or nothing mindset you will most definitely make more progress than if you constantly try to "start fresh" every time you run into a situation that doesn't go your way.
My name is Patriel Dunford and as the owner of Infinite Fitness my main goal in life is to spread good advice in the health industry and help people live healthier, longer, more fulfilling lives.