“Tomorrow, I am starting a new diet. ”
“I’m starting my new fitness routine tomorrow.”
“I can splurge tonight because tomorrow, I am going to change my habits to be healthy. ”
Tomorrow. Tomorrow. Tomorrow (as I type this I can hear that song from the musical “Annie” in my head). True, tomorrow may only be a day away, but statements like this tend to become embedded in our minds if we don’t hold ourselves accountable to actually DOING the things we say we are going to do tomorrow.
Don’t take this the wrong way though. I’m not here to waive my finger in anyones face or cast blame on any one of you. Not my jam. However, this is a sort of kettlebell epiphany I had over the weekend as I was reviewing our new VIP monthly coaching program for both my clients, and myself.
Change. It is equally as riveting as it is scary. Changing our thinking, behaviors, and staying consistent with both of those things is what inevitably leads to long lasting success with our fitness goals, but that doesn’t mean we won’t wrestle with taking the steps towards success itself. That might sound odd, but consider the circumstances surrounding your changes. Your social networks may change as you spend more time at the gym than you do going out on the weekends. It may take time to adjust to eating whole food vs giving in to other tempting conveniences. Blocking off time to train under the pressures of a working schedule poses challenges, and often it can be easier to hit the snooze than train in the morning. I hear you. I feel you. I understand.
The solution? Consistency in the smallest of things.
Self imposed obstacles are, in my opinion, the greatest threats to living a healthy life. When I was once a client of Precision Nutrition, our first habit that we learned was taking a 5 minute action and doing that action every day. I still do that 5 minute action too (and for the record, each morning I take out 5 minutes of my day and write the vision of my life on paper. More on that mindset work here). The habit taught me how to be consistent in the smallest of things, and how that consistency translates to big changes.
I have some questions for you.
What can you do TODAY to start living the healthy life you deserve? Can you write out your shopping list? Can you hit the gym after work? can you park further away from the door of your office? Can you take the time out on Sunday to meal prep? Can you give yourself 5 minutes to write the vision of where you want to be in life each morning?
It’s time to get up and out of our own way, one step at a time, one day at a time. Consistency truly is the key to success, especially when it comes to maintaining healthy habits. Today is just yesterday’s tomorrow, and if you look at it that way, today is the only day we really have.
Think about it.
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