When you want to make a change in your life, there are two different approaches you can take – you can make one big drastic change or you can make a number of small changes that get you close to the same point over time.
Big change can be great, it can be life affirming and exciting, but most people also find it the most scary and confronting – it’s also impossible to go back on. Once the change is made you just have to go with it.
That’s fine if it is a massive life leap to catapult you from one state of mind to another, but it tends not to work in regard to your fitness. When it comes to making behavioural changes around food and exercise, I believe in lots of small changes, as here massive change tends not to work.
This is also where a lot of NY resolutions fall over. The change people aim for is too much to cope with at one time, and therefore good intentions usually lose traction after 1 or 2 weeks. Any change takes time, and so you need to do it consistently for at least 2-4 weeks before it becomes a habit. Once the habit is formed, then it becomes much easier.
Even with all our experience, we take the same approach ourselves with our training. After the indulgence of Christmas, New Year and the holiday season, we’re now cleaning up our diet, reducing our alcohol consumption and starting to introduce cardio back into our mornings.
It would be easy to say “we are only going to eat clean, we are not drinking any alcohol and we will do cardio every day” but that is an unrealistic expectation – the change from where we’ve been the last 2 months is too great, so we will gradually get back there through mini-steps. If we aimed for that all or nothing approach, the first time we fail, would be a reason to give up, whereas by introducing a rule of getting it right 80% of the time, we have room for some mishaps – as long as we are making improvements.
Once we are back on track, over the next 2-4 weeks, then we can increase it to doing the right thing 90% of the time.
So don’t beat yourself up over not being perfect with your diet or training, but aim for doing the right thing 80% of the time – for most people, that in itself will be a big, but manageable change.
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