If you are like me, you feel better and more relaxed when you have complete and total control over a situation.
Control can come from knowing that a certain action will lead to a particular outcome or having a certain routine. Wherever that control comes from, it gives people peace of mind.
This is especially true in fitness and health, where control seems practically necessary for success.
When someone starts a new diet or workout program, they feel that in order to be successful they must follow said plan to the letter. Eating only foods that are on that list, doing the exact workouts prescribed, never missing a beat.
Of course this would be great and then you would notice that you are getting closer and closer to your goals every day!
However, life doesn’t always go as planned.
In the real world there will be times that you won’t have complete control over your meals, and that you will be forced to skip a workout or two… And that is ok, I promise you, you will be ok. However, now you might be wondering how you can stay on track when you are faced with scenarios that take away your control.
All you have to do, is the best that you can do; control what you can, and don’t fret the rest.
The most successful and sustainable “diets” and workout plans are ones that can be flexible, long term and maintainable for life. As much as everyone wants to see fast results from one, quick diet or crazy workout plan, that is not realistic.
Plus, what do you think will happen when you stop that extreme plan?
If you do something drastic, lose a bunch of weight, and then go back to your old ways… you will go back to your old weight, or possibly gain even more back.
If you want to lose weight and maintain it then your plan should allow for uncertainty. Your plan should allow you to still enjoy your life, even if that means you reach your goals at a slightly slower rate.
Of course it is good to eat healthy whenever possibly, and exercise regularly.
However, it is not healthy to miss out on life because you can’t be away from your gym for more than 5 days.
It is not healthy to avoid social events that aren’t under your control, because you don’t know what they will be serving at dinner.
A break from your diet and/ or the gym can actually be very beneficial, especially if you have been dieting or doing the same fitness routine for a prolonged period of time. Whether you have hit a plateau in strength or fat loss, are just feeling unmotivated, or have an event that you just can’t miss, you will likely notice that when you come back you feel more inspired and that your body actually missed exercise and veggies.
You may even notice that the break was exactly what you needed to push through your plateau in order to start seeing results again, while also feeling refreshed and pleased that you didn’t miss out on life.
The most wonderful part is that the gym and vegetables will always be waiting for you when you come back, but memories and experiences won’t. By letting go of your complete control from time to time, I guarantee that you will not only still see results, but you will also get more enjoyment out of your life.
For more advice on living a happy, successful and healthy life check out my post on balance and wellness here.