All or nothing

 
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By melissa reams

23 June 2016

 
 

We’ve all been victim to this “all or nothing” mentality.

This idea where if we don’t achieve perfection with our nutrition then we’ve failed.

If every meal isn’t perfectly structured according to the exact macros, portions, and timing, then all is lost.

Heck, I’ve been there personally.

It’s exhausting.

It’s unrealistic.

And it’s an impossible way to live.

The truth is, the “all or nothing” idea is….a set-up for failure.

That set-up can look like quality food choices in the morning and a planned day that will have you sitting nicely in line with your macros.

You prepared for the lunch date.

You looked at the menu ahead of time.

You chose your meal and you tracked it.

That evening you have dinner and are still on track.

As the night rolls on you start thinking about work stress, an argument you had with your spouse, or maybe how busy the weekend is going to be.

In this fog of thinking you reach for a bag of chips and before you can resurface you’ve eaten 3 or 4 servings. You know it wasn’t in the plan for the day. It put you over your calories, macros, maybe it was even a food you had been trying to eliminate.

“Don’t let perfection be the enemy of good.”

It’s easy to now think you’ve blown your whole day because of this one choice. That’s a lie. Your day wasn’t perfect. But even with this slip up, it was still good.

Don’t let your food become another concern to add to the list. Make the choice now to stop stress eating; your day’s prior discipline is not lost.

With years of experience and countless hours of education, I have learned that progress doesn’t require perfection.

I’ve replaced “all or nothing” in my daily life with self talk that keeps reality in mind.

There will be obstacles. That’s life.  Being prepared and having a foundation of tools is key.

It’s liberating to know that we don’t have to be “perfect.”