Small Changes + Consistency = Results
“Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.” – Bruce Lee
This is one of my all time favorite quotes and it is useful in all areas of your life and personal development but especially in regard to one’s health. The path to improved health and getting the body you want varies from person to person. Success requires the ability and patience to experiment, find out what works best for you and your lifestyle and ditch what doesn’t. Some individuals have a greater sense of willpower and/or discipline so if they can just dial in their nutrition things will line up for them but many often struggle choosing convenience over healthier options. The training side comes easier for some individuals, maybe they were former athletes that just haven’t been as active since they stopped competing or practicing but give them a mediocre program even and they turn things around quickly. Others may have never been active or mindful of nutrition in the past but their new efforts can trigger something within and the results start happening and yet some may battle for an extended period of time with one or both aspects.
Wherever you fall in the spectrum you need to start with small changes. Don’t take on too much in the beginning you have a finite amount of willpower on a day to day basis and if you overwhelm yourself with a complete life overhaul it is usually a recipe for failure. Make one or two small changes such as cooking more of your meals instead of eating out, walking your dog for 30 minutes extra each day, or simply going to bed 30-60 minutes earlier to try and get closer to 8 hours a night and be consistent with those until you have a handle on them before you take on any more goals. Just a friendly reminder you didn’t gain all your excess weight or get out of shape overnight so maybe, just maybe it might be a little bit unrealistic to expect to turn it all around just like that. So don’t be so tough on yourself change is hard but if you just make a couple small changes at a time and be consistent it snowballs and you can get the results you are looking for.