It's OK to f*** up.
No seriously, it is OK.
We all do it. You know, fall of the wagon, eat foods we're not supposed to, that sort of thing. Even the guys that 'wear the t-shirt' do it. I'm talking trainers.
The trick is to f*** up strategically. But that's a story for a different day.
So you've messed up recently. Is it really the end of the world?
It might feel like that for you right now, but in the grand scheme of things, it's not.
IT IS IF YOU GIVE YOURSELF A REASON TO CONTINUE THOUGH...
So what happened?
You ate a bag of crisps, maybe two? Ordered a pizza and then had some chocolate? Or did you go out on the town, drank far too much alcohol, suffered the following day with a hangover and continued to extend that with a day of 'comfort foods'?
Whatever you did, it's reversible.
First of all, understand why you did it?
- Stress from work?
- Social Peers encouraging you that you should 'live a little'
- Lost motivation and thought f*** it?
- You just fancied it?
Moving forward, can you learn from this?
- You may always have some kind of work stress...
- Your social peers will always want you to 'enjoy' yourself...
- You will always have peaks and troughs in motivation...
- You will always fancy a little something naughty from time to time...
So in future, it is all about making a conscious effort and a better decision.
Hey, we ALL do it. We'd be lying to you if we said we didn't.
So what do you do when you f*** up?
You read the above and learn how to make better decisions moving forward where possible.
You draw a line in the sand and start a fresh.
Maybe you fell off the wagon because the routine / structure that you were trying to stick to previously was too strict for you.
Do you really need to be that strict to be healthy and lose body fat?
If you want to get on stage, yes of course. You have to be strict. Diet for a period of time, avoid temptations like nobody's business and be a social recluse.
But do you have to do that if you want to live a healthy lifestyle and look / feel great too?
I don't think so.
That doesn't give you the go ahead to eat what you want.
You still have to make healthy choices. But healthy foods are awesome. So tasty.
Here are a few reasons why I think you've fallen off track of late:
1) You've compared yourself to someone else.
- That individual is no doubt at a completely different page in their book to you. Stop comparing yourself to them. What they're doing may not work for you. You're unique. You'll have you OWN way of progressing and getting results.
2) You've told yourself you can't achieve what you want.
- I wrote a blog post on this last week. You need to get out of that mindset. Take a read of it here --->
3) You fell off the wagon already, so one more day won't hurt.
- Unfortunately it does. PF Coach Dan Thorpe has a great saying to go with this. If you dropped your phone and cracked your screen, would you continue to repeatedly throw it down to the floor until it completely smashed? No. Didn't think so.
4) You think others are noticing your downward spiral.
- I can see why you think this. Others you train with are progressing and you think they've noticed that you've slipped up and are secretly laughing at you. They're not. Chances are they've slipped up at some stage too. As I said earlier, we ALL do it.
5) Beating yourself up about it.
- You don't think it's OK to f*** up. So you beat yourself up about it. Which in turn makes you feel worse so the cycle starts again as you reach for yet more bad food.
Don't beat yourself up for it. You've done nothing wrong, YOU'RE HUMAN.
There is a difference between f****** up and lacking motivation.
You can still be motivated to achieve great results and have a little slip up. Don't lack motivation and completely throw all your hard work and efforts out the window.
Always remember, you CAN start again.