I blew it, and now I may as well quit.
Know the feeling?
I think we all do – I have done this myself more times than I could even think about counting!
And, frankly, so has almost every single person in the world.
Whether it is a diet to try and lose weight, a workout plan to get more fit, a resolution to do more of “whatever” to improve your life – nobody gets it right 100% of the time.
Here’s the thing – it’s okay!
Really! It’s okay.
Willpower is highly overrated (and unrealistic).
Our willpower is a limited resource – for some reason we all believe that we are a failure if we don’t have enough.
This is not true at all, and we need to accept that.
Use what willpower we have wisely, and prepare to deal with it when we run out temporarily.
Because we will – we all will.
Check out some great articles I have featured on willpower and what is realistic to expect in my prior posts titled The Secret of the Power of One – Building Willpower, Why You Eat Too Much (it’s not your willpower), and Three Precision Nutrition Articles on Successful Change.
After reading these, you will be able to stop beating yourself up when you inevitably give in to that temptation / craving / impulse.
What if falling off the wagon could be a good thing?
Okay, so we know this is going to happen, right?
We know we really can’t avoid it, just minimize it.
But…why not embrace it when it happens?
Why not use it as a learning opportunity and make it a step on your path to growth rather than a reason to give up?
And what if we see it as in reality something we needed at that particular moment and it holds the power to make us stronger and better in the long run?
I argue this is exactly the right way to approach it.
To help you understand why, I am featuring a must-read article today on exactly what you can take away from these binge moments when you “lose control”.
PN – The benefits of overindulgence. (And the 4 key lessons that eating too much can teach you).
I am linking at the bottom of this post to an article titled “The benefits of overindulgence. (And the 4 key lessons that eating too much can teach you)” written by Dr. Krista Scott-Dixon, author and head of curriculum development at precisionnutrition.com (her website is stumptous.com).
Here are the main points Krista discusses in the article:
Lesson #1. “Slipping up” is a necessary part of change, progress, and success.
Lesson #2. Indulgence offers an opportunity to ask the bigger questions (and learn some stuff).
Lesson #3. “Sometimes you need to fall off the wagon to want to get back on again.”
Lesson #4. Healthy indulgence might actually support “deep health”.
I think you will find Krista’s writing style very informative, relatable and even entertaining!
And you will come away from the time you spend with the article feeling much better about yourself, and able to be a stronger person in reaching your goals once you understand and start to implement the truths she is revealing to you.
Be sure and check out the link at the end of this post and spend some time reading and thinking about this eye-opening and life-changing article.
This is not a license to cheat.
Don’t get me wrong about what I am trying to say.
Just because we accept the fact we are going to do the opposite of what we are trying to do sometimes, and use it as a learning experience and a step to something better when it does happen, does not mean that we can go down the slippery slope of giving in to every wanton desire which tempts us.
That, my friend, is the road to failure.
And you will be tempted to go there…..
The thing is, you should fight these temptations, and employ strategies to minimize them.
Eat two bites of the sweet dessert at the party and let that be good enough – don’t eat the whole cake because you can learn from it afterwards!
You know what I am saying here, strive for perfection but accept it that you can’t achieve it and try to use the few times you have a setback to learn from that experience.
Then try and use it as a way to build a new strategy to minimize it the next time it happens.
Or maybe to take a healthier action that will satisfy the need you are feeling at that moment in a healthier and more fufilling way.
Just remember – it’s okay to be human (we all are) and when you lose the battle occasionally turn it into something good rather than something which completely derails you from your goals.
If you are a guy who has let himself slip a little (or a lot) over the years in terms of your weight and fitness, I have a second article for you today titled “Fitness for Men – The Busy Man’s Guide to getting in Shape” by John Berardi, PhD in Nutrition, certified strength coach, and co-founder of precisionnutrition.com .
This will help put all this in perspective and show you how easy it can be to get back to being lean and fit again– if you want it to be.
I also want to give you one of my free gifts offered on my website – it’s a three part infographic giving you a basic “do anywhere” workout program, a nutrition guide you can actually implement to fix your broken diet without feeling deprived, and a plan to start getting the restorative sleep you need to perform to your potential.
The link to the article is the second link at the bottom of this post.
You can find the link to the free infographic shown below as the third link at the bottom of this post.
If this makes a lot of sense to you once you check these out, you may want to read more below about ProCoach and what it can do for you.
(Hint: if you try the first 30 days of ProCoach for FREE you will be receiving a “personalized to you” 15 page Quick Start Nutrition Guide to download and keep forever.)
This guide gives you guidance on:
• how to eat right for your individual goals
• meal planning & portion sizing
• stocking your kitchen with healthy options
• and more.
I know you can use all these resources to grow as a person, and I am always here if you want to contact me to ask a question or talk.
Committed to your health,
I offer personalized coaching using the ProCoach program which will guide you day by day through the program Dr. Berardi talks about in the second article above.
This program has had over 45,000 successful graduates who made real and lasting life-changing progress to becoming their ideal self.
I have even experienced the program for myself, and I can tell you it is so much easier than you always thought a weight management and exercise program would be.
Pro tip: do the program together with your significant other and both of you will benefit from the support you give each other and the shared experience of learning a new way of life together. The program has separate tracks for men and women, so it is built to produce results for both genders.
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You can read more about it at the link above, it really is an amazing tool to change your life for the better permanently.
Frankly, I want you to see this in action for yourself before you commit financially.
That’s why I have decided to let you have FULL ACCESS to the program and coaching for the first four weeks at no cost!
That’s right, zero, nothing, nada.
All I ask is that you take it seriously and actually do what the program asks you to do every day for four weeks.
I don’t need or want your credit card at this point – all it takes from you is an email address and a willingness to take a life change seriously enough to act today.
I’ll be honest, I have been advised against doing this by many of my peers – and indeed I may very well be investing a lot of time in something which never pays me a dime if you decide the program is not for you after the four weeks.
But, I will have the satisfaction of knowing I helped someone.
The seeds I plant will always be there and even if they don’t grow today they may someday.
Ater all, helping people with a healthy lifestyle has been the mission of this website from Day One.
I believe in what this program can do.
I have seen for myself how it has changed the mindset of folks who I never would have believed would have given up their “junk food ways”.
Don’t hit the “Pause Button” on checking this out, you may find you are REALLY glad you did this.
We both know if you don’t do it now, you likely won’t do it.
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Thanks for being here, and enjoy the articles and infographic.