One of the most common statements I hear from clients when it comes to achieving a certain weight or look is their belief that they have to be perfect or almost perfect. I believe this misconception is normal but sets us up for inevitable failure.
First off, perfection is a myth. No one can eat the perfect diet 100 percent of the time, do the perfect workout 100 percent of the time and take care of themselves 100 percent of the time. Life throws us curveballs!
Here are some ways to help you find balance for optimal body transformation:
- Get rid of the “bad” and “good” foods label: Putting a label on food is the opposite of finding balance. Labeling usually makes us feel guilty or ashamed, and it can kill motivation and confidence when we’re trying to achieve body transformation. I’d suggest increasing your knowledge about what foods are going to fuel you and are best for your health. And know which foods are slowing you down, causing more cravings and making you feel worse. When you throw out the label, you make room for balance, because you can see foods on a continuum rather than with a “black and white” mentality that fuels binging, emotional eating, etc.
- Shake it off: You’re human; it’s inevitable that you’ll have a number of off days. You’re going to overindulge and skip a workout on occasion. The key to finding balance is not letting an off day destroy the rest of your day and week. Shake it off. Spend a few more minutes working out the next day and clean up your diet for the rest of the week. When we view our “slipups” as major errors, it can throw off our entire week and make it hard to get back on track. Research shows that people have far more success by letting these days go and striving for a more wins than losses approach instead of perfection.
- Reality check: Did you know that some of your favorite models, athletes and fitness stars eat junk food and skip their workouts from time to time? One of the best ways to find balance is to realize that sometimes airbrushing, extreme diets and other methods are taken to achieve a certain look. What you idolize could actually be pretty normal!