You’ve done the Clean 9 and got great results! Brilliant!
You’ve started Fit 1 / Fit 2 – and begun to increase the exercise; you do know that you have two rest days per week (yes, that’s right, exercise well on 5 days – rest on two), right?
And then something happens…
… perhaps it’s the January blues? May be its a cough or the flu? Sometimes work just gets so busy or home life goes so mad its almost silly? May be you just got bored? The excitement has waned, the scales haven’t lightened and the belt is just as tight?
So what do you do?
Well, chances are – you’ve had a day off too? Fall off the plan? Or sneaked an extra dinner or found a missing bar of chocolate?
Whatever you do, here’s the thing – if its worth doing, it isn’t going to be easy (okay, it doesn’t have to be hard either) but doing something steadily, over time, consistently, day in and day out, isn’t all that easy.
In fact, the struggles we have with consistency probably lie at the heart of why we struggle.
So, tip no. 1 – let yourself off the hook!
Yes, just ease up on yourself and allow yourself to have a bad day. It’s okay, it’s alright, in fact, its normal!
Only strange and weird creatures (sometimes called robots) follow the plan to the end, to the letter – whilst the rest of us humans, we tend to get through it somehow.
And that is the secret – yes, the secret is getting through it somehow.
It’s about not beating ourselves up when we miss a beat but about giving ourselves some slack and saying, its okay, its going to work out.
It’s about being good to ourselves but knowing, every journey takes a thousand steps and it all begins with one step and then is just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other, again and again and again.
Usually, in the middle of any journey we wonder if we should turn back – that is normal – but it ignore it, we all feel like that, but just keep doing what you are doing, keep going forward and you will arrive.
Even if you sit down / take a break on your fitness journey, when you are ready again, get up and just carry on…
That’s the secret – be good to yourself, allow yourself to slip from perfection and then just carry on.
In the end, it will be okay. If it’s not okay yet, then we are not at the end!
Oh – and enjoy the journey too!