Updated: Nov 10, 2021
Life is a constant balancing act. We are always trying to improve things and sometimes I think we might veer off too much in one direction. Sigh....we are all human.
BUT, part of mastering the balancing act is realizing it will be a continual work in progress!
The question: How can you help yourself strike more of a balance vs going to the extreme?
Here are some tips that may help guide you:
FOCUS ON YOUR CURRENT LIFESTYLE - Don't be an all or nothing person! It's easy to go to the extremes in an attempt to get faster results. I've seen it...cutting out all "bad" food, restricting yourself for calorie deficit, set an unrealistic workout routine 6 days a week...I get it!
The initial motivation is easy and we want to get to the finish line as fast as possible. But that's why so often this doesn't work....at least not long term.
We will never find the balance doing it this way. It's key we stop trying to rush results. Instead, when we make changes, we need to stay focused for what is realistic for OUR current lifestyle!
What does your schedule actually allow for so that you can base your decisions?
What foods do you want to enjoy long term so you can find ways to add them in?
The more we actually consider our needs and goals when making changes, the more we can actually find a balance that will work.
CHANGE ITSELF IS HARD - As much as we want results, the slower can make the changes, the more we will allow ourselves to create new habits.
The smaller the adjustments, the quicker they become part of our routine.
Build momentum. Start with small easy changes. The more you do, the more you will want to do!!
TAKE A STEP BACK - As our journey moves forward, it's always good to take a step back and reflect on how everything is going. To reflect on the progress we've made and the changes we have implemented.
Sometimes we ignore the results we HAVE made because we are not "there yet"
It's important to recognize your hard work as it builds!
It can be hard to take an honest look at how we are doing and recognize our flaws, but it can help us tweak things as our needs and goals change.
Stay the course. You got this!