Lost motivation? Slacked on your diet? Don’t stress, these things happen to the best of us.
Don’t stress over one bad day
So lets start with a bad day of eating. You’ve been putting in so much hard work and eating all the right things and boom, a day of binge eating and you feel it’s all gone out of the window. This feeling is natural, you feel you have let yourself down. Believe me when I say I know the feeling all too well.
The most common thing people tend to tell themselves when this happens is, “i’ve started now so I may as-well carry on and get back to it Monday” Noooo don’t do that to yourself, it will give you a mountain to climb in your mind if you do such a thing.
Forget it happened and start a fresh right away. I find the best way of getting myself over a bad day of eating is fasting for the 1st 6-8 hours of the following day. This will create a bigger calorie deficit for the 1st half of your day than usual and help counteract the extra food consumed prior. It’s all a mental game when it comes to dieting. If you can accept you had one bad day, move on and start a fresh the next day then you’re on to a winner. DO NOT let one day ruin your journey!
Get back Training
We all lose that motivation to train every now and then but it nothing to beat yourself up about. In my experience of training for 15 years, a week or 2 off the gym actually does the body and mind some good. Too many people think if they have a week off they will lose all their gains, this is not the case. Your body and mind needs rest and recovery and it will thank you for it in the long run.
If you have found yourself unmotivated and its been a week or so off the gym, do not stress. Stress won’t make a difference as my mother used to say to me. It will only make you feel worse, and for what reason? You have no reason to feel bad. Life can be tough and the gym sometimes will have to wait, but that doesn’t mean it has to stop completely.
When you feel ready, start a fresh, don’t look back and feel bad for not going. Concentrate on the present and future. Write yourself a plan, give yourself a training routine and long term goal. It’s essential you write your goal down and break it down into smaller more achievable goals. You will be amazed at how following a plan rather than winging it will keep you focused and on track to achieving your goal.
Why not even give yourself a bit of retail therapy. Looking good makes you feel good, which in turn allows you to perform at your optimal. Whatever your Style is, make sure you have the right Gym Apparel to suit your needs & make you feel confidence and comfortable when you workout. Be your own motivation.
Turn a Routine into a Habit
Last thing to pick up on is to ensure these bad days don’t make a regular occurrence. It’s very easy to find yourself stuck in a rut. If you feel your fitness routine has become a bit unstuck, don’t stress, it shouldn’t take too long to find your rhythm and return to the habit and routine of your fitness goals.
One popular method to build habits is called the 21/90 rule. The rule is simple enough. Commit to a personal or professional goal for 21 straight days. After three weeks, the pursuit of that goal should have become a habit. Once you’ve established that habit, you continue to do it for ninety days. Let’s get to work!
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