Or we give ourselves what we think we deserve.
We’ve all had these moments: we justify a weakness or a shortcoming with something out of the ordinary that has just ccurred in our lives.
For example, “I start my new job Monday so I deserve to stay home all weekend and be lazy” or “I worked out extra hard tonight so I deserve this piece of cheesecake.” Other instances may be when you have a bad day or just get home after a hellish amount of traffic and decide that you basically “earned” the right to just sit down on the couch with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s. Breakups, fights, and other emotional problems are other surefire triggers.
We’re all guilty of this sort of backwards justification from time to time. Just because you worked really hard or had a bad day doesn’t mean that you necessarily deserve anything. Of course, you’re allowed to want these things and it’s your choice whether or not you indulge. However, keep in mind that you are setting yourself back a step each time you allow yourself a slip.
Imagine you burned 600 calories at boot camp and then came home and ate pizza and ice cream? Now replace that meal with salmon and some healthy vegetables. Your fitness goals would be fulfilled so much sooner if you made choices like the latter! And yes, it’s true – we like efficiency here in America – very much so.
Speaking of how to speed up your results, here is the other BIG way not to speed up results: EXCUSES.
“I’m stressed, I have no time, it’s raining/pouring/freezing/hailing (you never know in San Diego!), I’m still sore from the last workout, I’m too busy with work, I have other plans, and I just don’t feel like it” are all very common reasons for skipping a workout. Are they legitimate? Probably less than 10% of the time.
The concept that ties all of these excuses and over-justifications together is the fact they are all UP TO YOU!
You make the choice whether or not to workout. You make the choice to say no to dessert and midnight snacks. Oftentimes the reason that we fall back is due to lack in motivation. Sometimes it is just laziness. Okay, we aren’t drill sergeants, every once in awhile it’s okay to be lazy. Just make sure it truly is every once in a