Our intentions are always pure. We mean to train hard and eat healthy. But a mindset that’s either too aggressive or unrealistic can railroad your progress. Here are three of the most common mental mistakes I see, along with the best solution for each.
Mistake No. 1 - “The diet and exercise start Monday.”
Really? Why Monday? Why not today? One reason people put it off is to have one last hurrah with bad food and drink, which makes the transition only harder. For most, the new routine entails grueling cardio sessions and restrictive dieting that’s not in any way enjoyable. And if it’s not enjoyable, you’re not going to stick with it.
Solution: “My new lifestyle starts today.” Scale down the overblown commitments, and start with something simple. Instead of 45 minutes of cardio, just promise yourself 10 minutes of any light activity. This can be as simple as marching in place while watching TV. Your commitments will grow, but only once you’ve proved to yourself that you can stick to the smaller ones.