Another weekend approaches and I know my nutrition for the week hasn’t
been that great.To add to it, I only made it to the gym once this week. It feels
like this has been a common theme over the last few weeks. I know that I want to
make some changes and I feel really motivated. Oh, but the weekend is only a
couple days away. I think to myself, when Monday comes, I’ll get back on track.
On Sunday I’ll meal prep for the whole week and go to the gym every day. So, for
the next few days my nutrition and my workouts are moved to the back burner.
But it’s no big deal because I have a plan right – to start on Monday. The question
is: How motivated will I feel after several more days of unhealthy food choices
and being out of the gym?
Maybe instead of the weekend approaching it’s the end of another year. You
tried a few different “diets” and saw no results. You started going to the gym
before summer hit, but then life got busy and you couldn’t make it. You’re ready
to make a change and you feel motivated, but it’s November. Turkey day has
come and gone and it’s only a week or two before Christmas parties and family
get togethers. You think to yourself, when January comes, I’ll get back on track.
I’ll set New Year’s resolutions to join the gym and start a diet.
So, what happens when we’re finally ready to make a change? We have two
choices. We can start IMMEDIATELY or we can WAIT. We can set short term
goals and outline small steps to help us reach those goals, or we can think about
unrealistic goals that will outwork the bad choices we will continue to make until
the “appropriate” start time.
Does it really matter what day of the week or time of the year we start? The
answer is no. It’s not any easier to make changes on Monday than it is on Friday
or in January than November. We can rationalize it and say it’s because of the
holidays or the weekends but the problem is, there will always be another
weekend and another holiday. We can learn to start trying to reach our goals no
matter the day of the week or the time of the year. Maybe it’s Thursday or
maybe it’s December 3. If you are tired of things not changing…WHY WAIT?