It’s no real secret that I love to exercise, learning about improving my health, fitness, and overall happiness and actually get excited about eating a healthy (tasty) meal.
But what you probably don’t know is the fact that I enjoy a good drink, I love chocolate, Haribo sweets and I do often battle with wanting not wanting to train some days.
We all have our pro’s and our con’s yet when it comes to fitness there is this persona of perfection.
This idea that we must eat “good” food and exercise all the time even to the point you could be confused as a “good’ person just because you eat organic fruit on a daily basis. Let’s knock this out it one hit. Eating healthy food does not make you a good person in the same right that eating a slice of cake doesn’t make you a bad person.
It sounds a little extreme to say that out loud and even more so sitting here typing it but it’s true! The amount of guilt I see and hear people put themselves through because of some food they did or didn’t eat or some exercise they did or didn’t perform.
In the same way, money doesn’t make you a good person, 6-pack abs are not going to make you more or less of a dick.
Now with that humongous weight off my chest let’s dial into this fitness lie I was telling you about. I’m going to break it into two subjects: Perfection and Perils & Pitfalls.
“The state or quality of being perfect”
Imagine a perfect day. What would it look like? What would you do? How would you feel? Take a few minutes to really build up the picture before continuing.
Okay, do you have it? Good. Now if tomorrow was only half and good as what you just imagined would you be happy? I would. At only ½ perfect it’s still a pretty awesome day but yet when it comes to exercise and nutrition anything less than perfect is a runaway excuse to binge eat, self-deprecate and generally load up on guilt.
Now chances are I will never live my “perfect” day but every morning a get a chance to live it as close as I can. The end result? Sometimes I have a great day, others an awesome day and every so often I get what Brian Johnson calls a Masterpiece day…it’s not perfect but it’s damn close!
We need that same attitude with how we eat and move! When you think of your ideal body how are you eating each day? How often are you exercising and what are you doing? Really build up that picture..leave no stone unturned.
Now start each day with the aim to live as close to that day as you can. Every meal is an opportunity, everything lunch break is a possible gym session. Aim to get as close to your perfect day as you can and when you come up short (And you will). Don’t worry about it. Look to see what lesson can be learned for next time and move onto the next meal with a clean slate.
This ever present picture of needing to be perfect is self-imposed. You control your thoughts and your actions. Either take charge of them or let them run on autopilot but don’t complain when you’re unhappy with the destination.