This weekend, I had the most amazing weekend get away with my husband. Obviously, it was a time where we did splurge a little on food. While it was enjoyable, I was glad to return to normal eating habits and routine exercise. Those occasions are going to happen and we have to keep it mind it is not a sign of failure if we do not follow a perfect eating regiment for a few days. It does not mean we have blown it forever. Having an all or nothing attitude is what leads to feeling defeated and giving up completely.
I have worked with so many women who feel if they indulge on occasions, it is useless to pick back up and keep on going. The key to staying healthy and fit is consistency. What we do on a consist basis or 80% of the time is what matters. Those small continual steps are what build us to be a healthy woman inside and out.
First, remember that perfection will never be attained. Our health and fitness is a lifetime journey. Instead of attempting perfection by trying to make so many changes, focus on one or two new behaviors that will lead to a lifetime of good health.
- Choose one day to get up an extra 30 minutes to exercise or have quiet time…it does not have to be an early morning every day.
- Cut out one coke a day instead of trying to quite all together.
- Commit to 2 days a week of exercise instead of 7
- Decide to bring a healthy lunch one day to work instead of eating out.
Pick one thing and become consistent with that behavior. Even when you fall off the wagon, pick yourself up and get back to your one consistent behavior. When you do, you will be confident to add another one.
For today, be nice to yourself and focus on your progress, not your imperfections. Let’s remember that God looks at our life in much of the same way. He does expect “All or Nothing” to receive His love and grace. Why should we?