Self Sabotage

One common mistake I’ve witnessed time and time again is when people embark on a fitness journey or make a fresh start after a detour. They tend to set overly aggressive goals, become frustrated when they can’t adhere to their plan, and ultimately slip into a period of self-sabotage.

So, how can you sidestep this pattern? Once again, it all boils down to your mindset.

If you believe that you won’t be able to resist the allure of rich, indulgent foods or find the time for exercise during the holiday season, well, guess what’s likely to happen?

You’ll probably find yourself diving headfirst into all those mouthwatering dishes, and your workout clothes will remain in the closet.

However, we can also go overboard in the opposite direction. Deciding to live on nothing but salad and grilled chicken while walking five miles a day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s isn’t particularly realistic.

The key here is to be sensible. Don’t strive for perfection.

Instead, commit to something you’re 80 percent sure you can stick to every day.

Perhaps it’s a 15-minute bodyweight workout three times a week.

Before dining out, take some time to peruse the menu and select a healthier option with a few substitutions (think veggies instead of starch). This way, you won’t be enticed by all the decadent, less healthy options the restaurant is flaunting.

When attending a holiday party, employ a strategy I like to call “pre-eating.” Have a protein shake, some raw veggies, or fruit before heading to the event. The all-you-can-eat buffet and hors d’oeuvres won’t seem quite as tempting once you’ve taken the edge off your hunger.

Above all, keep it simple, and avoid the pursuit of perfection.

Imperfect action and a practical plan will yield far better results.