Embarking on your health and fitness journey can be one of the greatest steps you have taken in your life. Not only will it improve your outward appearance and physique, it will change your mind set for the better. Although it can be a journey filled with triumph and victory – it will also be filled with adversity, hardship, and moments of weakness.
Don’t make the process harder for yourself. Believe it or not, many people sabotage themselves many times during their journey without even knowing it. There are certain actions you want to avoid to make the process more seamless for yourself. It’s one thing to deal with issues as they come up, it’s a different story when you play a role in creating these road blocks.
1. Don’t Constantly Weight Yourself
Checking the scale can be an okay indicator of how you are doing along your path. Keep in mind, the scale doesn’t take into account your muscle to fat ratio which plays a big role in your body composition. The problem is when checking the scale turns into an obsessive habit which is an easy trap to fall into. You shouldn’t be stepping on the scale more than once per week. You can get into your own head and mess yourself up. Beating yourself up over whether a number is going up or down is a sure way to sabotage yourself. Fitness and health are more than just a number on the scale. You are more than just a number on the scale.
2. Not Trusting The Process
Say you planted a seed in the soil that would turn into a big oak tree one day. You consistently gave the seed enough sunlight and water it needed to grow into a big tree- all you need is time. Would you keep digging up the seed to check on it and see if it’s growing? No, of course you wouldn’t – that would defeat the purpose. Keep doing the right things, working out and eating healthy, just trust the process.
3. Low-Calorie Diets
Just stop while you’re a head. There’s a saying that goes, “Easy come, easy go.” This saying holds truth, crash diets and starving yourself will get you absolutely nowhere. It can actually take you backwards. It is not good for your mental, emotional, or physical health. You can mess up your metabolism and your mindset. Stick to drinking water, whole food choices, not eating in excess, and incorporating plenty of fruits and vegetables. It’s not a quick fix, but it is a much more sustainable option that offers long lasting results.