The concept of living a healthy lifestyle can seem daunting…
Do I really have to give up dessert forever? I can’t have my favorite foods again? I have to cook at home every single night?
Since there is essentially no deadline to “being healthy,” it can be difficult to stick with healthy changes long term.
There are some things that we should do for the rest of forever: eat our veggies, drink lots of water everyday, workout at least three days a week, and get enough sleep. Habits like these we just have to accept and do.
The rest, we can do in moderation: desserts, alcohol, sugar, late nights, you know what else you like.
Usually, our time of maintenance (or moderation) doesn’t allow us to see any changes in our mentality or physically with our bodies.
Every now and then, when there’s a specific goal to reach or we feel like we’re in a rut and it’s a good time to shake things up it can actually be useful to throw moderation out the window and start making some sacrifices.
Cut out all the stuff that you know is not good for you and only do the good.
This approach is not sustainable forever, and usually leads to falling off the wagon if its done haphazardly… but when it’s done right, it can lead to lots of success.
Think about the kinds of people who changed the world and have found massive success, they likely didn’t do it with a “moderate” type of mindset.
Going about things this way for a short period of time can be a launching point as well as a mental victory. We feel accomplished when we do things that are hard to do, and for many of us we may not be tested all that often.
The best way to go about a challenge like this is to not go at it alone.
You’ll want to make sure you have guidance, accountability and other people along side of you to make it more manageable and fun!
The main thing to keep in mind when making serious changes, especially ones you know you won’t keep forever, is to have a deadline in sight.
Two to six weeks is usually enough. You may feel like you’re giving up a lot, but its not for all that long. Having your deadline helps keep you focused and remembering that the sacrifice doesn’t last forever.
Giving yourself a challenge like being super clean and super strict isn’t only great for your body, but also for your mind.
Yes, you’re likely to drop body fat and have your clothes fit better. You may be surprised how great you feel about yourself after you stick to it.
It’s a chance to prove to yourself that you are in control. You are in control of what you eat, you are in control of what you do, you’re able to say no to things that maybe on a regular day you would give yourself an excuse to have or do.
That’s powerful stuff because I find so many people feel like victims to their environment.
The best time to challenge yourself like this is when you’re feeling stuck in your progress, not seeing results you feel like you’re working towards, are feeling out of control with other aspects of your life, or are ready to prove to yourself that you can do anything.
We’ve got our newest 30-Day challenge program, No-Bull, coming up next month. So if you like the idea of taking off the training wheels then it’s time to cut the bull: no excuses, no short cuts, no days off and no slacking for 30 days.
If you’re up to it, commit yourself to 30 days of lots of exercise and clean eating. A more determined YOU is waiting on the other side.
Click here for more information on No Bull, it's time to grab life by the horns!