Yesterday was a day that many celebrate with parties and food and fun. I have already gotten emails from my Online Training Program clients about how they made some really not-so-great food choices yesterday and now they feel dejected. This is so common and a big factor in why so many of us fail at trying to stay on a path towards good health and fitness.
None of us is perfect. I can assure you that there is no human being on earth who makes perfect eating choices every day. It is just not realistic. There are going to be times where temptation or free will get the best of us and we eat something we should not. The problem is that for so many, it is not the piece of granny’s apple pie or the three fried chicken legs that do us in, it is how we react and our attitudes following the poor choice.
I always tell my clients that the goal for me is not for them to be perfect in eating or workouts, but to make 90% good choices. That will result in success.
I see so many people fall into the patter of saying, “Well, I ate that donut and now I am just a failure so I may as well have the ice cream and the cookies.” WRONG RESPONSE!
If you have a day with some bad choices, the idea is to not beat yourself up, but take it as a reminder that yes while you are amazing, you are also mortal and days like that will happen. Just account for it the next day and start over. If you indulged, add a few minutes to your workout, drink some extra water to flush things out, and cut back a few carb calories from your life the next day and move on!
Nothing upsets me more than to see really awesome people put themselves down and think they are failures from one bad day! Let’s take it a step further. What if you have been being bad for a week? Two weeks? SAME THEORY! It is not going to kill you and does not mean the end of the world. Take it as a learning experience and try and pin point what was going on in your world to make you give in to the temptation of whatever it was you were eating/drinking that was not good for you.
The goal is to try and turn the bad times into learning experiences and just become stronger from them. If you can identify what makes you have the bad days and try to avoid them in the future, then the poor choices become productive learning experiences.
The biggest key is being able to put the lad days in the past and go forward. Remember, there is no single person on the earth who has not made poor choices so never feel like it is just you or you are alone. We ALL have bad days and weeks and even months.
Learn from them and grow and strive to make more healthy choices going forward. Let your response to the bad days be one of “THIS WILL NOT BEAT ME OR GET THE BEST OF ME” and I can assure you you will see good things come from that attitude!
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Have a great day!