Starting fresh after you lose your way with training and diet is a way of creating comfort and reassuring thoughts. The idea of doing over is alluring. This process creates a mental pause button – which builds the skill of pausing. Whether its putting something off till tomorrow, Monday, next week or even next year, the imaginary pause button gives you a sense of relief.
It allows you some respite from what can be a tough slog. The problems is this perceived relief is compounded by the illusion that we can ‘start fresh’ later and find the magical ‘right time’ to begin.
Its not about willpower, its about skills!
Trying to improve your eating and exercise habits while you’re in chronic stress, looking for a job, starting a new job and raising small children is understandably no easy feat. That is why there are so many quick fixes in the market. What they don’t teach you is the skill of getting fit and staying fit in the midst of a normal, complicated life.
Here is how the cycle starts….
People know how to get fit by following a challenging set program where the conditions are perfect
Whenever life isn’t perfect (most of the time!) we hit the pause button, waiting for a ‘better time’
We then lose the health and fitness we previously worked so hard for
What will be different next time you restart? – nothing
Life is always going to get in the way, its about finding balance and a health and fitness regime that bends and moves with your life, not ceases altogether.
Something is always going to be better than nothing, even if its committing to a short walk, or eating healthy for just 1 meal of the day.
Life keeps going and there is never going to be the moment when things are magically easier. You cannot escape work, personal and family demands. Similarly, you cannot escape the need for health and fitness in your life.
Just think, what if you hit pause in other areas of your life? You can’t press pause on being a parent, having a job responsibility, looking after family members.
The key is to keep going. The all or nothing approach mentality rarely gets us “all” and often gets us “nothing”