So, over the last few days I’ve been sitting down with a lot of clients to work on their nutrition.
And without a doubt, nutrition is by far the biggest hurdle we see clients struggle with. Not only does it stand in their way of achieving their health & fitness goals but for many it plays havoc with their health and quality of life.
Simply put, changing nutrition habits can be tough and it doesn’t change easily or overnight. It takes effort and a complete change of mindset for most people.
Anyway, after talking to a lot of them I saw a pattern emerge. Many of them were mollycoddling themselves into believing that they deserved alcohol 3-4 nights a week, sweets 4-5 days a week, multiple takeaways, etc.—–>>>> because they had a tough day.
And thats where the problem lies for most people. They use the fact that it’s tough (in the beginning at least) to let themselves off the hook and eat junk the moment the slightest bit of effort is required.
They mollycoddle themselves by saying “Poor me. I had a really tough day. I’ll have a mars bar and 1/2 a bottle of wine cos I deserve it!”.
That’s fine if it’s Saturday night and you’ve chosen that as your treat night or if you have a special occasion on.
But if it’s Tuesday night and you done the dog at the weekend you need to toughen up a bit.
Stop the mollycoddling and eat your stir-fry. It’s Wednesday, not Christmas eve!!!
Thats not a special occasion. Put the biscuits back and stop talking yourself into why you deserve 2 packs of crisps, a steak and kidney pie and a can of coke.
Here’s a great example.
Tuesday just gone I worked a long-ish day. Driving home the thought popped into my head that I deserve a bar of chocolate. “I’ll stop off in the shop on the way because I hd a tough day and I’ve earned it”.
The Sunday just gone I had enjoyed some beautiful pancakes (with jam and Nutella of course) and my normal meals are usually very tasty and satisfying as well. I’m hardly depriving myself.
Let’s get honest. Working a long day is not a tough day. Living in a war zone or not having any food to eat is a tough day.
So, there I was mollycoddling myself into how I deserved my chocolate when I got another thought.
“What are you on about? Cop on with your bar of chocolate and your ‘poor me’ story. Thats pathetic. You didn’t have a tough day. You had a normal day. You had your treat just 2 days ago and todays Tuesday, not your birthday.”
Story finale. I went home, ate a stir-fry and went to bed.
Golden nugget of wisdom.
Stop mollycoddling yourself into a rut. Act like a mature adult and put in the effort to live a great quality life. Of course, that can include your favourite treats but balance is key.
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