Not so recently I met with a new client. She was referred to me by her mother, whom I train.
As with all new clients, she needed to fill out some paperwork. My new client paperwork includes the legal stuff that, in case of injury or sudden death, [supposedly] protects my ass(ets), a questionnaire that asks about general information, health history, goals, etc., a habit checklist, and a three-day dietary record.
I explained the importance of each form in my decision-making process. When I got to the habit checklist and three-day dietary record, she said she was interested only in the workout because her current lifestyle wouldn’t allow her to “eat like her mom”. Honestly, not many do.
Her mom has eliminated much of what junk food she did eat. She’s adopting the five habits of highly effective eating. She performs a Sunday Ritual in which she prepares meals for the upcoming week. When traveling, she ensures she’s snacks conducive to her goals (i.e., protein powder, fruits, veggies, and nuts).
Yeah, I can see how the daughter didn’t think she could eat like her mom. At this time in her life she may not be able to. But she doesn’t need to.
So many of us (present company included) get caught up in an all-or-nothing mindset. We think if we can’t be perfect, why bother.
Whether it’s something or someone, internally or externally, telling us this, it’s a lie. We should “bother”. Anything we do to better our lives, whether big or small, perfect or imperfect, matters. It’s not about perfection, but progress. It’s not all or nothing, but always something.
You don’t need to completely overhaul your diet to eat better. In order to eat better, you simply need to do just that—eat better. The smallest of changes, done consistently, can have an enormous impact. Some small “hinges” might be to:
No change is too small. Regardless of how small the change, make it. Commit to it. Do it . . . every day.