Do you know this pattern?
You'll spend a couple of weeks eating clean, exercising and losing weight, but then the pendulum swings back and you spend the next week or two indulging in your old unhealthy habits.
After enough chubby days you'll swing again get back to your clean habits, and so the yo-yo goes on.
It's time to stop this vicious cycle that never brings you all the way to your goal – keeping you comfortable, yet frustrated.
The good news is that your yo-yo days could be quickly and permanently behind you with this simple mindset change.
Find your reward in the process, not in the results.
When it comes to weight loss, we've been brainwashed to focus all of our efforts on the "results". Your desired result is the ideal body that you dream to have – it's your reason for passing on dessert and the image you hold in your mind as you toil through burpees and mountain climbers.
The News flash is: If you only find reward in the results, you're likely to fail.
Think about it. Results are abstract.
Oh sure, you can picture it in your mind with crystal clarity, but what hold does that image have on you when you're lured into the drive thru or getting that 2 for 1 chocolate deal at the servo....
Let's face it - future results are easy to lose focus on.
The Process: this is the act of working toward your goal – your meal plan, your exercise routine and your healthy life style choices.
If you had a map of where you are today and where you'll be when you reach your goal the process is the line connecting the two.
When all you're focused on to reinforce your journey is the promise of results, it's easy to wind up lost.
Finding Reward in the Process: Make a new habit of feeling rewarded after every day you stay on your chosen path to fitness.
Completing the right nutrition and exercise each day for your goal needs to become its own reward. Allow yourself the feeling of an accomplishment for each successive step forward.
When you find reward in the process, the results will take care of themselves.
Those reading this know that I am passionate about helping you find your way to a healthy lifestyle.