The “I’ll start in January” excuse …
Don’t be Robin.
This mindset can make-or-break your results – especially this time of year.
It has to do with black/white thinking … and in a nutshell, it works like this:
Either you’re 100% on track… or you’re completely off.
If you’ve ever said, “I’ll start in the New Year,” or “I’ll start on Monday,” chances are you were caught in this kind of thinking.
Another clue that you may be in an ‘either/or” mindset:
If you eat something “off your diet” … you completely blow it the rest of the day, instead of getting right back on track.
Sound at all familiar?
This mindset is sneaky because when you’re “ON” or “GOOD” … you are all-in and feel like you’re making amazing progress.
BUT the problem is … it’s pretty much IMPOSSIBLE to maintain in the long run.
One little slip-up can make you feel like a failure and want to give up – which can mean undoing ALL of the progress you made.
But there IS good news.
There’s a happy medium that’s built on MODERATION.
It’s all about making healthy choices – choices that add value, energy, and positivity to your life …
Choices that actually make you FEEL BETTER …
….without being “ON” or “OFF” or “GOOD” or “BAD.”
For example, during the holiday season that could mean:
1. Saying “yes” to a slice of your aunt’s famous pecan pie without feeling guilty, just make it a little smaller and chill on other desserts.
2. Choosing a low cal cocktail instead of your uncle’s infamous eggnog loaded with heavy cream, extra sugar, and a double shot of bourbon because it’ll make you feel lousy a half-hour later,
3. Getting your blood pumping by taking a brisk walk with your family or dog when you can’t get to the studio,
4. Going to bed on time so you feel rested and energized for whatever tomorrow brings, or
5. Chugging a glass of water first thing in the morning before pouring that cup of coffee so you feel hydrated and refreshed as you begin your day.
If you’ve been telling yourself, “I’ll wait till January to get started,” …
What if instead, you decided to make deliberate choices on a case-by-case basis?
You won’t lose ground – you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorites – and you can break out of that “good” or “bad” cycle of thinking.
You’ll feel better, still have lots of fun and not feel like you started all over again.
Jack Wheeler is the CEO and founder of 360 Fitness, the premier personal training studio in Red Deer and Sherwood Park, AB.