How often do you catch yourself thinking in absolutes?
I see it happen a lot in the fitness world. If you can’t do a full workout, you don’t workout at all. If you can’t construct the perfect meal plan, you just fly by the seat of your pants.
Or the other side of that, where something slips a little and you count the whole endeavor as a failure. That cookie that caught you in a moment of weakness and you beat yourself up. You ran out of time at the gym or your lifts didn’t go as planned and you count the whole session as a loss.
I want to challenge everyone to notice when they slip into this mindset.
I almost did it myself this week: I wasn’t going to be able to do part of my normal Tuesday programming because of a strained back so I was tempted to call the whole thing off. But you know what? My arms and abs are still fine. I can do bracing and bodybuilding, which will still ultimately support my goals.
It happened again later that evening. A member brought some treats, senorita bread, to the gym. I had two (they’re pretty small), and was tempted to say “Fuck it, might as well eat more.” But I also knew that my stomach wouldn’t feel good if I did.
First step is just to notice when you’re about the throw out the baby with the bath water.
When you start to see a pattern in the areas you’re most likely to do that, then consider making a contingency plan for those moments. Don’t rely on will power to gut through something you’re on the precipice of not doing. Find a new route, instead.
Let’s focus on moving the needle, no matter how little.