Don’t Strive for Perfection
Seems pretty ridiculous given our challenge, but striving for perfection tends to set us up for micro failures. Almost all of us can look back to a period of time in our lives to where we felt/looked the best in our lives.
Outside of writing it off to raging hormones and a metabolism that could handle three big macs for breakfast, we were likely doing other things right.
Life happened. You worked long hours, added a two way commute, and maybe you started a family. Your fitness took a back seat. End of story.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t need to start by counting macros, you don’t need to weigh every ounce of every morsel you choose to put in your mouth, and there’s no magic meal number of meals to eat daily to make our muscles blow up like Arnold in Conan.
So what is it?
Continuums are everywhere, and in everything. If you’re in sports performance or have read up on healthy living as a whole, you may recognize the following examples.
“Cool Beans. What does that have anything to do with the challenge?”
Well, you can view your approach to nutrition as a continuum as well.
Every time you make a decision to eat, you have a choice on where you fall on the above continuum. Sometimes we even feel guilty knowing we’re not making the best possible decision at every meal. Unless you’re in the Challenge to compete in bodybuilding, you don’t need to be!
In order to make progress you simply need to continue to move right on the continuum. Period.
If you’re breakfasts typically consists of Lucky Charms, three mugs of coffee, and a tube of your kids GoGurt, alright! We have a starting point.
What’s one step to the right?
You mastered that step on the continuum? Go again.
Don’t Strive for Perfection
We don’t need to hit the absolute far right of our continuum. It all depends on our goals. The trick is finding what works for you. You beautiful and unique snowflake you.
We’re going to continue to dig into our nutrition and building on our habits, but with the remainder of this week collect some data.
For the rest of this week (until Sunday) we want you to keep a journal. You can do it however you would like, first thing in the morning, last thing before bed, whatever works for you. We recommend recording it immediately, that way nothing “slips your mind”.
Here’s what we recommend tracking:
- How many hours are you sleeping?
- When did you go to bed? When did you wake up? It’s not nutrition, but it’s pretty dang important and this is an easy way to track it.
- What time did you eat your meals?
- There’s no right or wrong method here. Just track it and see how it works for you. Feel full at your next meal? Stretch it out. Ravenously hungry? Eat a little more or eat earlier. You’ll figure it out!
- On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being poop and 10 being the bees-knees, how would you rank each meal?
- Find your weakest meal and improve it. Move one step to the right. Maintain it for a few days. Then move onto improving your now lowest number.
- Finally, what time did you work out?
- Make sure your day supports your workout. Are you running on 3 hours of sleep and 13 hours of intermittent fasting? Probably not the best time to hit something heavy.
Our purpose is to just record. Sometimes we don’t understand why we aren’t making progress until we look at things through a microscope.
Try recording even 3 days. Once you’re done, look over each day and see where you can make improvements. Tell your support system. Your significant other, your friend, your accountability buddy, your mentor, just get to it!