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There Are No Shortcuts? Right?
Turns out this may be a load of crap in some areas of life. For example, finishing projects, diets, P90X-like programs, etc. If you don’t do the whole dang thing exactly like it’s laid out, you’re a failure. Got it?
Not so fast, sister. If that’s you, and if you fell off the wagon one tiny bit and then just…QUIT…take heart. That was all of the “there are no shortcuts” gurus shouting in your ear.
I’m pretty much the queen of start-and-never-finish projects. Fortunately, I have a wonderful partner in my life who keeps us going despite my proclivities. Consequently, my house is not a mess. I also like food, so I do manage to get dinner on the table, etc.
How Does This Apply to my Mind, or my Body?
Worry not, we’ll get to the tie-in. Let’s say you have decided (once and for all) to “get in shape.” We’ve all done it, perhaps a thousand times. Well, all except for the 7 or 20 people in the
country world who can eat anything they want, never exercise, and still look like Kerry Washington, or Jasmine Tooks (yes, I had to Google trending hot women).
Anyway, you have your new decision. Maybe it includes eating really healthy AND exercising, or this time you just decide to focus on exercise alone. Whatever, just stay with me here. So you buy all the crap, clean out the shelves, get the new exercise videos and equipment to go along with P-some number-some letter, and plan to start on Monday right after work.
Then What Happens?
You go along for two, three, four days…maybe you make it an entire week! You dutifully do your workout each day according to schedule, EVEN though you were sore as hell after the first two days. Doesn’t matter, you’re going to power through. Maybe you’re even watching the snacks, not eating anything after 7PM, etc.
But then, Friday rolls around and you CANNOT RESIST going out for margaritas and chips/salsa. You are strong so you decide you’ll only have ONE SKINNY margarita, and (insert number) of chips, then go straight home and do your workout.
Okay, you can fill in the details here. Suffice it to say you stay for a few drinks, more chips than you should have had and the last thing you feel like doing when you get home is day 5 of whatever plan you are working on. (Hint here…make Friday your rest day. I do this every week).
Now You Have A Decision to Make
When you wake up on Saturday, are you going to throw in the towel completely? Most people do. But you don’t have to. This is not the time to think, “oh what the hell? I messed up totally, so I might as well 1 just start again on Monday, (or worse, quit altogether).”
You do not have to do this. You messed up! Big deal. How much damage could you possibly have done? I’m here to tell you that you should not even try to calculate it. Simply pick yourself up, dust off your “I’m such a dope failure” attitude and make a better plan! There ARE better ways to go about this…ways that can keep you on track in spite of your lapses. And let’s be real. We all have lapses.
What is the Better Way?
Stop trying to be perfect. Realize that finishing is the goal..perfection is not. It does not even matter if you take one step forward and then three steps back. Get back on the horse again! Progress is the name of the game…progress, not perfection! Make a poster (free printable) and put it up everywhere in your house, in your car, wherever you need to be reminded.