Trainer’s Tip of The Day #4: Beware the “All or Nothing” Trap

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Tip #4:  Forgo the “all or nothing” mindset.

By this, I mean, don’t obsess over calories consumed and calories burned when you’re trying to get in shape.  A continual state of anxiety over exercise and food is no way to live.  This doesn’t mean don’t pay attention at all to this.  But if you screw up and eat a cookie, don’t give up on it all.  One cookie is not going to derail the healthy lifestyle you’re trying to build.

And that, after all, is what matters most:  What you’re building in the long-term.  Not the cookie you ate today.  Too often when we screw up, we think “I messed up so I might as well eat this pizza too.  I’ll try again next time.”  But then next time keeps getting postponed, week after week, year after year.  My advice:  Follow the 80/20 rule.  Try to eat clean at least 80 percent of the time.  Studies show that if we feel too deprived when we’re trying to eat healthy, we don’t stick to it.  If you really want a cookie one day, eat the damn cookie.  Savor it.  And then move on.

I hereby commit to posting extremely brief tidbits of useful wisdom, termed “Trainers Tips,” on a regular basis.  You may ponder, ignore, or do as you wish with them as you go about your day.

Info about what?  Well…fitness.  Exercise tips, motivational tips, nutrition tips, health and well-being tips.  Maybe mind-blowing, maybe obvious but perhaps overlooked.  Tips to help you in your quest to become the happiest, healthiest you ever, one day at a time.

How often?  Most days.  Okay, I may get super busy or lazy one day.  Or two.  Don’t hold it against me.

Where?  Here.  On this site.  And my Facebook page and google+ page.

Why?  Because they’re short and sweet and force me to post to my blog regularly.  And because I love helping my readers in any small way I can, of course.

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