Health and fitness is not supposed to be “all or nothing.”
It is a journey.
Yes, it can be good to devote yourself to something. However, you have to remind yourself that one little setback will not undo all of the good you have previously done. One mistake or slip up will not cancel out all the good choices you have already made. Eating one brownie doesn’t mean your whole day or week is ruined and that you should continue to eat the whole batch and a tub of ice cream.
Improving your health is about making little changes and slowly learning to be a little bit better than you were before.
Slow and steady really does win the health and fitness race.
As much as everyone wants to see instant results that is not only unrealistic and impossible, but it is not safe or healthy.
Anything worth having takes time.
Making a lifestyle change is hard.
It can be very hard.
But it’s not impossible, and it doesn’t mean you have to give up everything you love and totally change your life.
It doesn’t take much to change your life, the most successful people will start small.
If you can get yourself to commit to one little change and be consistent with it, eventually you will see results. Plus, you will have a healthy new habit. After this small change is part of your new lifestyle you can add another one that might be a little bit more challenging, make that change a habit, see more results, and keep going until you are pleased with your lifestyle and health!
There are three major areas I look at when starting with a new client:
- Water – are you drinking enough? (Think 2-3L of WATER a day, less caffeine and alcohol)
- Protein – are you getting enough? (You should be eating 1 serving of protein at every meal, think 1 piece of meat, tofu, protein powders/ bars, cottage cheese, eggs, etc.)
- Vegetables – are you eating enough? (You want to aim for 5 servings of vegetables every day, and it’s best to include multiple different colour veggies for variety of nutrients)
Furthermore, being healthy isn’t about following all of these “rules;” don’t eat carbs at night, drink this cleanse, etc.
It is about consciously making the better choice.
For example, you start to make your lunch for work everyday and bring a water bottle instead of grabbing a burger and pop at the closest fast food joint.
Or you are at a potluck dinner with friends, you choose to fill your plate with mostly veggies and healthier cuts of meat instead of choosing the nachos and 8 different kinds of dip, then you proceed to have one dessert, because you don’t want to deprive yourself, but you have the self-control to have one and be satisfied.
Or you decide to walk your dog after work when you come home, instead of going right to the couch to binge watch Netflix.
Most people know what foods and habits are good for their body and which aren’t, but it can be overwhelming to try to change them all at once. So don’t get yourself all worked up thinking being healthy and getting in shape has to be a daunting and difficult task. Getting in shape and bettering your health is about continuously making better choices, but not totally depriving yourself, you still want to enjoy and live the life that you are getting so healthy for.
One step at a time, one choice at a time, can totally change your life.
As always, if you need a little more guidance or help with where to start and what choices to make don’t be afraid to ask!