Happy Motivation Monday! It’s been a while since my last post (my client roster is full, and I’m loving every moment of the busy-ness!), but I thought you might need a little pep in your step today!
Do you succumb to the “all-or-nothing” or “black-or-white” mentality when it comes to healthy eating? So many people think “I ‘messed up’ this morning by getting the donuts instead of the eggs, so I might as well just eat the double bacon cheeseburger tonight … with fries … and start my healthy diet tomorrow.”
That mentality only sets you up for failure, though. First, the concept of a “messing up” implies that you have to be “perfect,” so when you inevitably stray from “perfection,” you tend to go crazy (like this “cheat day” image). Second, the judgment of being “good” or “bad” with food implies that you are “good” or “bad,” which is not true! Eating donuts does not make you a bad person any more than eating sautéed vegetables makes you a good person. Eating a few donuts does not even make you an unhealthy person (nor does eating a few sautéed vegetables make you a healthy person).
What you do 90% of the time matters most, so give yourself the opportunity to reset frequently, and do not beat yourself up for whatever has happened in the past. I like to remind my clients that “every week, every day, every meal, every bite is a new opportunity.” Here’s what I mean:
- Every week. It’s Monday … the perfect time to commit to making this a great week! Write down your workouts in your calendar (in pen! they’re important!), plan out your healthy meals for the week, and commit to one thing you can do every day to make this week amazing.
- Every day. If you start beating yourself up because you took an unplanned rest day from exercise yesterday, or you woke up feeling less than your best because of some food choices you made yesterday, stop! It truly doesn’t matter what happened yesterday. You can’t change it now, and there’s no use making yourself feel bad about it. Start fresh today!
- Every meal. We all have meals now and then that may not fit into someone else’s definition of perfect health. Fine! Life isn’t about perfection. But just because you splurged this morning does not mean that the day is “ruined” and you should go ahead and continue eating unhealthily. Give your body the nutrients it needs on your next meal!
- Every bite. So you ordered the double-decker cheese fries. OK, fine. You take a few bites, and they’re delicious, and then you realize you’re satisfied. You do not have to keep eating just to finish the dish and knock yourself into a “food coma.” Just because the first 10 bites were good does not mean the next 10 bites will be better! So enjoy your treat without guilt, then feel comfortable stopping when you are full.
Now it’s your turn … What can you do to give yourself a fresh start today?