I’ve been seeing a lot of posts and emails come through these days about the dangers of perfectionism. I think this overwhelming sense of perfection (or I guess I should say that drive to be that perfect person) is really at the forefront of what is NOT healthy. True, mindset matters when it comes to changing your exercise and nutrition programs, but that mindset has to be for the better and not the worse for your being.
Allow me to elaborate.
Two weeks ago we had our first group meeting for the 21 day Sugar Detox at Primal Fitness Pittsburgh. It was a meeting on a day where the weather was absolutely atrocious, and many of the new group users were unfortunately unable to make it because the roads all over the Burgh were covered in ice. No worries, safety first! I don’t expect people to risk their lives for the sake of kettlebell training (I would, but I am weird and unusual when it comes to all things iron bell). We had a small group of 4 people at this meeting and the onslaught of messages came in on my phone to the tune of “What if I miss out on all the information?” and “Will you be sending a memo about this later?” Jeez I thought, I actually couldn’t believe how excited everyone was about this program (which is effing cool!) but it gave me the sense that people were worrying about not “making the cut” so to speak. During our meeting, I received a multitude of questions about every last little ingredient it seemed that was on the shopping lists for the different levels of the program. I had to lay my foot down and tell everyone that the goal of the 21 detox is to get off sugar, not to stress about every last little piece of food we will be purchasing and consuming over the next 21 days.
Then it hit me. .. that sense of perfectionism had reared it’s head and was instilling some no bueno fear in our new clients. Well then. . .let’s just set the record straight.
Whether you are or are not on the 21 day Sugar Detox here at Primal Fitness Pittsburgh, it goes without saying that the major focus of any health challenge is to rid our bodies of unnecessary sugars and processed foods and to get acquainted to a whole food style of eating. Nothing is more restorative to our bodies than eating smart and ending our addictions to “Frankenfoods”. Focusing on the restorative properties of this plan, or any other nutritional protocol for that matter, coupled with the physique enhancing benefits of our training programs, is what we all really need to focus on and appreciate over this process. Sure, it can be hectic to really try to be perfectly perfect with all the recipes and food journaling, bu remember. . .we’re human, and we a perfectly imperfect beings. We’re walking into this new year with a sense of renewal of our bodies. Let’s not forget that the renewal of our minds, how we view these changes. . .THAT is what will make us or break us.
Believe that you can do the right thing each day, each moment at a time and don’t fret the small stuff int eh particulars of your health journey. You’ll be stronger and healthier for trusting that you can do the thing you set your mind to!
If you’re on our 21 day sugar detox here at the studio, way to rock these past two weeks! And if you’re not here along side Primal Fitness Pittsburgh, rest and know that the small changes the become habits are what make the biggest impact over time in terms of your nutrition and health!
Master your instincts!