So you have committed to a diet plan for yourself and you are super motivated and determined because THIS time you are going to stick to it. Your intentions are to follow it PERFECTLY. "That’s it, I’m going to be good starting tomorrow!" (whatever your definition of “good” is).
You start off like a rockstar eating perfectly. But then a few days go by and life gets in the way. You find yourself starving after a late unexpected meeting at work. Or there was no time to cook dinner after driving your kids to baseball practice. Before you know it, you ordered a pizza and 3 slices later your perfect diet intentions go up in smoke. Might as well give up because what’s the point, right?
Well there is a point. And the point is that fooling yourself into being perfect with anything in life, especially diet and fitness, is essentially setting a trap for yourself that you will fail. And failure feels horrible. Feelings of failure are probably going to make you want to soothe yourself with unhealthier food choices. It's a vicious cycle. Trust me, I've been there.
You Don't Have to Be Perfect to be Amazing
By changing your mindset from an “all or nothing” way of thinking, and letting go of perfection, you can stay out of the perfection trap and jump right back on that wagon. This means you can achieve your goals without being perfect.
Do you struggle with perfectionist thinking? I have personally struggled with this my whole life, (and still do), but have discovered how to flip my thought process around so that I strive for progress, not perfection. And then I get back to kicking that diet's ass.
When you slip-up, why make it worse by continuing along that path?
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Megan Ántoni Placa, MS, CNS