Are you one of those people who trains RELIGIOUSLY every day? You never miss a session, sometimes even doing 2 or 3 training sessions a day? You get up early when it’s still dark and cold, or you train late at night when everyone else would be tucked up in bed. You train when it’s raining, when you’re sick, on holidays, Christmas morning…. there is just no foreseeable situation that would stop you from your exercise regime.
Yet, when it comes to the diet side of things, you can’t “stick to it”
A lot of people have the best healthy eating intentions. They KNOW what they should be eating, they desperately want to “stick to it”, but somehow they lose the motivation and dedication and veer off track.
The question is WHY??? Why is it that you can be so dedicated to training and yet you can’t apply that dedication to your diet?
The answer is this…. healthy eating is a
365 days a year,
for the rest of your life,
Unlike your training…
- You don’t get a “clean eating partner” who will be with you EVERY SINGLE TIME you eat.
- You don’t just turn up in the kitchen and someone’s already organised what you’re going to be eating for the day (wouldn’t that be great though!)
- You don’t get a cheer squad celebrating when you eat really well.
- No one will be patting you on the back telling you what a great job you’ve done.
- No one will be holding up a sign with your name on it, cheering you on to the finish line,
Because there is no finish line 😯 …. YOU JUST KEEP GOING
That takes A LOT of dedication! and it’s also the reason why a lot of people veer off track. They lose motivation, get tempted by external influences, forget about their specific goals and end up feeling guilty and frustrated. It would certainly be a lot easier if we only had to focus on eating well for an hour in the morning and and hour at night, but that’s not the case.
So how do you stay motivated and dedicated to your healthy lifestyle?
First and foremost, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for your health!
You can blame fast food outlets for providing crap food, advertising everywhere, having ridiculous amounts of sugar in their food etc but let’s focus on what we CAN control, not on what we CAN’T control. No one is forcing you to eat crap food! They are making it difficult for you to avoid, but they are NOT RESPONSIBLE for you eating it. You made the decision to buy it and you made the decision to eat it and so therefore, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE.
There are many people we can blame and there are many situations that make healthy eating difficult, and that’s just the way it is.
Other factors that usually come into play are:
Time: We’re already too busy and don’t want to spend more time cooking and preparing food.
Money: We don’t want to be spending any more than we currently are.
Taste: We’re now accustomed to fatty, sugary, chemical laden food and once this is removed, food tastes bland.
Social events and functions: We’re tempted by what others are eating and drinking and don’t want to miss out.
How do you accommodate for all of this and still maintain a healthy diet? Well that all depends on what you classify as “healthy” and what your specific goals are.
If you want drastic results then you’re going to have to make drastic changes.
You simply can’t have your cake and eat it too, things will have to be sacrificed. The answer to WHAT you’re going to sacrifice is up to you – are you willing to sacrifice a sleep in on Saturday morning to get up and do your meal prep for the week ahead? Are you willing to sacrifice your daily coffee so you can afford more money to spend on groceries? Are you willing to sacrifice the work morning tea opting for your home made snack instead? Are you willing to cut down on your alcohol consumption?
There is no right and wrong answer to these questions. The answers will all depend on what you REALLY want.
Once you’ve had that honest conversation with yourself, you can then move on to HOW you’re going to stick to your new lifestyle (this isn’t a matter of making a sacrifice for a couple of weeks either – this is a life time thing).
Here’s my tips to starting a new lifestyle, and more importably, sticking to it!
- Remind yourself constantly of your chosen lifestyle and why you want to stick to your healthy eating. Think more about intrinsic benefits such as more energy, vitality, alertness, positive attitude, improved relationships, confidence and self esteem etc rather than extrinsic benefits such as looking good.
- Surround yourself with people on the same mission as you. It’s hard to stick to your goals if everyone wants to head out to greasy pizza for dinner.
- Fill your social media feeds with positive influences such as clean eating recipe sites, motivational quotes, people who you find inspiring etc
- Drink more water and less of everything else.
- ALWAYS have good food on hand. There’s nothing wrong with taking an esky with you anywhere you go, or having food in your pockets, or planning meals around outings, or any other conceivable situation you can think of (I’ve even taken frozen vegetables and a tin of tuna in the back of an ambulance). PLAN PLAN, PLAN and then PLAN some more.
- Get that little voice in your head working overtime questioning every little decision you make. You won’t have to do this forever, soon it’ll be a habit because you’ve trained yourself to make healthy choices.
- Do not procrastinate!!! Do it now and do not give yourself a lot of choices – the more choices there are, the more decisions you have to make, the more decisions you have to make, the more time you are wasting.
Finally, don’t feel discouraged when you make poor decisions or have a blow out. This happens to everyone and we all experience those feelings of regret and disappointment. The people who keep moving closer toward their goals are the ones who accept they could have done better, learn from the situation and get back to the job at hand.
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