Those of you who know me know I am an open book and like to talk a lot. But I have always been kind of quiet about my diet. It’s always been a struggle, one of many in my life, maybe my biggest. Definitely the most mental strength I have ever learned about myself has come from my dieting. It’s the same as the mental strength you learn in the gym, only different.
“I’m gonna blow this workout if I don’t pick up the bar right now…but it hurts, and I wanna stop.”
Do you go through the motions and just go for a finish, take a few more breaths and settle for mediocrity or do you pick it up and kill it? Whatever you do you have to do it now.
One of the biggest excuses I am learning I allow myself to have is thinking I’ll do better next time. “I’m going for survival. Next workout I’ll kill it.” But then tomorrow it’s the same, or a different excuse. Maybe “I have low blood sugar, it’s this new diet, my hands are ripped, I didn’t sleep well last night, I’m not mentally there”…whatever. There are endless excuses you can give yourself to postpone doing what you have to do NOW. But it will never be anything but now.
You know that person you keep trying to get to come to the gym. They talk about wanting to be better, look better, feel better… whatever, but they are afraid to start. They keep saying when I do this or after that. You’re not any different than them if you’re not pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
But that’s a workout and then it’s over. I’m working on that. I am. And I am working on my diet. A diet that starts tomorrow is nothing. Put down that doughnut you are eating right now. Don’t even finish it…unless of course this doughnut is in your diet plan, then whatever.
Don’t wait for tomorrow to start. You will most likely spend today celebrating (eating doughnuts) the fact that your strict diet starts tomorrow. It’s a lifestyle. Give up shit that is contradictive to whatever you want to achieve and do it NOW.
I say this as I come down from an episode of “celebrating” after a couple weeks of successful lifestyle dietary changes that I want to pursue for the rest of my life. I’m not perfect. I get it now, at least. I at least can take responsibility. I am empowered. I start now…again.
Part of living in the present means not living in the past either. Every bad workout and every time you “cheat” on your diet, it is the past. Don’t punish yourself with less calories or extra workouts. Just do what you need to do NOW and you will never have to stress about then or tomorrow again.