Does this sound familiar?
I’ll get back to the gym and focusing on my nutrition as soon as…
…..work slows down.
…..the kids are back in school.
…..I get the house organized
Most of us can come up with any number of worthy-feeling justifications for taking a “breather” from our health and fitness efforts.
But often, it all comes down to one essential reason:
“Life is busy and stressful. I need to press “pause” until things slow down and things are less crazy.”
When life throws the occasional curveball—like a sudden schedule change, or you know, a global freaking pandemic—most people react by simply pressing pause on their health and fitness habits “until things settle back down.”
But that’s a bad idea.
Things never truly settle back down, do they? Pandemic or no pandemic, there will always be reasons to skip your workout and easier to grab something quick than to prepare a healthy meal.
So we get stuck in an endless cycle: giving health and fitness our all, and then inevitably giving up when there’s something standing in the way of getting in our workout, eating well, or heading to bed at a reasonable hour.
With that all-or-nothing approach, we rarely get anywhere.
The hard truth: There will never be a perfect time to finally get healthy or fit.
So stop hitting pause. Instead, view your health habits as having volume knobs. Turn them up or down depending on what you’re ready, willing, and able to do today.
When you find you have the energy, desire, and time to give it your all – dial it up.
When you find you are barely making it through the day – dial it down.
And then adjust daily as necessary.
This ends the start/stop mentaility. It’s shifting from being on a diet, to making it a lifestyle.
It’s about building consistency. Because something is always better than nothing.
Sounds good, but what does this actually look like in real life?
This is where I am currently on the wheels most days. Please note, this is NOT where I started, it’s where I am today.
Sleep – combo of 1,7,8 (this is my area of focus for improvement)
I’m curious where you stand with the current numbers, comment below to let me know.