November 09, 2014
The ability to let mistakes stay small.
Let me explain – It’s mid-morning at the office and someone brings in a huge box of your favourite cookies. You tell yourself ‘these are my favourite!’ I will have one.
As the meeting drags on you reach for another couple cookies because they are right in front of you and the thought of passing up your favourite cookie feels like restriction to you.
By the time the meeting is over, you are feeling guilt about your inability to stick to just one cookie. This guilt spirals into the ‘what the heck’ mindset. I have messed up the day already, I may as well have French fries with my lunch, skip my workout, have a glass of wine at 12noon…you get the point!
We have all been there. We have all thrown in the towel on our great food choices, planned workouts and great intentions. I know I certainly have.
Consistency and success over the long haul are maximized when we can keep our mis-steps as small bumps in the road rather than cataclysmic fall completely off the rails binges.
When we nurture the mindset of not failing in a big way, we take the ups and downs out of our training and eating habits.
We learn to navigate the middle ground which is a magical place that helps to keep us on track for the long haul.
My job is not only to help you see that you can get great results in the middle ground, but that these results can last longer than the all out restrictive way of living. The key to success lies in developing your mindset, not your skillset. You know which choices will help or hurt your goals, it’s about fostering the thoughts that will help you stay on track.
We are not looking for perfection here, we are looking for progress.
Today we will discuss three mindset shifts to help you keep your mistakes small while continuing down a path of awareness, accountability and ultimately results.
Your body composition was not created in one day. It will not be ruined in one day either.
Spending time to create strong habits that help you weather ups and downs is so important! Crafting your mindset that a long term approach is the only way is paramount.
Here is a set of progress photos I took at the beginning of the summer. I drank wine, ate tons of salads with lean protein, had a couple desserts, avoided the 'what-the-heck' mindset and exercised less than one hour a day.
I am showing you these photos to say I didn't get here in one month, or two months, it took longer than that. And one or two treats along the way made little to no difference in my results. Falling off the wagon completely? That would be another story and probably wouldn't feel so great!
You can get back on track at your next meal or snack.
Great, it's noon and you slipped up - you ate mindlessly or had more treats than were even enjoyable during a morning meeting. Perhaps you were in a rush and ate a less-than-optimal breakfast. Avoid the 'what-the-heck' mindset and get over it.
In the Blast Fitness Lifestyle Club we say - back on track, water, fibre, protein GO! I think this is probably the biggest mindset shift to make. Knowing that back on track exists right away, you just have to follow through. It does not need to be an overhaul, just a great choice at your next eating opportunity.
There will always be access to treats. Every. Single. Day.
When I decided to get picky with my food choices I noticed a big difference in my approach to treats. There are sugary candies and cookies everywhere - at the coffee shop, at the office, in the grocery store, at family affairs. I started to avoid the foods I really didn't LOVE. I ate less sugar, felt better about myself and enjoyed the treats I did choose even more!
For me, good quality dark chocolate, a delicious, warm, freshly baked muffin (I think these are actually hard to find!) black licorice or dried unsweetened mangoes are top of the list to me. Pretty much everything else is not worth it.
Get picky! You will find yourself saying NO left, right and center!
To your health and happiness,
P.S. I tend not to name foods as good or bad choices, so I struggled with labelling 'mistakes' in this post. What mistakes really are to me? Mindless overeating or choosing unhealthy foods that I really do not love.