I work very hard to provide interesting content that will appeal to my readers; information, tips, strategies and a perspective that comes from a real live person, who, like you, has to juggle a schedule to go for a run, or who shoves a (non-vegan) donut in her pie hole when stressed. I succeed. I fail. I regroup. I dig in. I recommit. But I always keep going.
No matter what is happening I figure out a way to make the schedule work or to get back on track when I veer off. I’ve learned over the years that being conistent, even if in the smallest of ways will make a difference in the long run.
And that’s where a lot of people get stuck. A donut on a Friday morning leads to the “what the Hell, I’ll start over on Monday”. A busy week or three at work means that “maybe it’s not a good time for me to start this exercise program” or my favorite (she said sarcasitcally), “the kids are out of school so I’ll wait until they go back to school”.
So let me challenge you. The VERY next time you start to make excuses about why you aren’t sticking to your fitness or nutriton plan, I want you to stop.
I want you to think of WHY you started on your journey to begin with. And I want you to do something, anything to break that thought pattern.
Put on a song, say your mantra, read the post it note with your WHY written all over it. Stare at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you’re worth the time and energy (and gosh darn it, you deserve it).
At the VERY next opportunity, make the BEST decision that will move you toward your goal.
- eat an apple instead of chips
- if you can’t do a full workout, do 5 or 10 minutes of movement
- drink the water before the glass of wine
- lay out your workout clothes so they’re ready the next morning
- play at the park instead of sitting on the bench reading a book
- take 5 deep breaths in and out
The thing is, you don’t have to be perfect. Small, positive changes matter and being conistent, even when your life is insanely busy, will help you reach your goal. A year of small steps is still progress. No?
Now go run!