Monday, May 19, 2008
A few weeks ago you started your fitness program off with incredible enthusiasm. Something had clicked inside you: you were going to get this weight off and get fit once and for all. I could see it in your eyes, I could sense it in your emails and forum posts: Nothing was going to get in your way this time. You were going to CRUSH Slim in 6, P90X, or whatever program you had chosen. Your enthusiasm and commitment were at an all-time high.
But now that you are somewhere in week 3 or 4 (or 5, 6, 7, etc.), you have mysteriously and disappointingly stopped feeling that fire. Where'd your mojo go? Getting yourself to push play is getting increasingly difficult, eating clean has begun to feel like a real drag, and ugh, the feelings of failure have begun to creep in. A few missed workouts or a few days of not eating well have magnified your sense of failure and dissolved your resolve. Perhaps you haven't admitted it to yourself yet, and I know you haven't admitted it to me, but you're beginning to wonder if you'll ever make it through the program.
Well, Barbie is here to remind you once again that you are not a snowflake. You are not as unique as you think. We ALL have days or even weeks where we just don't feel like bringing it. We all have days where our eating is less than stellar, perhaps even horrible.
Luckily, perfection in not necessary. If you want to succeed, you just need to Get Your Mind Right.
You do not have to always WANT to Bring It in order to Bring it.
And WHILE you're Bringing It, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FEEL LIKE Bringing It. It really is okay to just show up and go through the motions. Trust me on this one, if you keep showing up every day, you'll eventually get out of your slump.
If you have had a string of bad eating days, leave the guilt behind and commit to eating clean the following day.
It is unreasonable to think that you can sustain the same energy level that you had during the first week. Do not depend on that initial feeling of enthusiasm or even euphoria to get you through the program. That feeling won't last. Understanding that will get you far and will get you to where you want to be.
Get your mind right. Don't let your feelings get the best of you.
DECIDE. COMMIT. SUCCEED.