This mindset can make-or-break your results – especially this time of year. It has to do with “either/or” thinking … and in a nutshell, it works like this: Either you’re 100% on track… or you’re completely off.  If you’ve ever said, “I’ll start in the New Year,” or “I’ll start on Monday,” chances are you were caught in this kind of thinking.

Another clue that you may be in an ‘either/or” mindset… If you eat something “off your diet” … you completely blow it the rest of the day, instead of getting right back on track. Sound at all familiar? 

This mindset is sneaky because when you’re “ON” or “GOOD” … you are all-in and feel like you’re making amazing progress. BUT the problem is … it’s pretty much IMPOSSIBLE to maintain in the long run. One little slip-up can make you feel like a failure and want to give up – which can mean undoing ALL of the progress you made.

But there IS good news.  There’s a happy medium that’s built on MODERATION.

It’s all about making healthy choices – choices that add value, energy, and positivity to your life … choices that actually make you FEEL BETTER …without being “ON” or “OFF” or “GOOD” or “BAD.”

For example, during the holiday season that could mean:

  • Saying “yes” to a slice of your aunt’s famous pecan pie without feeling guilty,
  • Choosing a wine spritzer instead of your uncle’s infamous eggnog loaded with heavy cream, extra sugar, and a double shot of bourbon because it’ll make you feel lousy a half-hour later,
  • Getting your blood pumping by taking a brisk walk with your family or dog when you can’t get to the studio,
  • Going to bed by 10 p.m. so you feel rested and energized for whatever tomorrow brings, or
  • Chugging a glass of water first thing in the morning before pouring that cup of coffee so you feel hydrated and refreshed as you begin your day.

If you’ve been telling yourself, “I’ll wait till January to get started,” …

What if instead, you decided to make deliberate choices on a case-by-case basis?  You won’t lose ground – you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorites – and you can break out of that “good” or “bad” cycle of thinking.

What do you think?  Willing to give it a try over the next few weeks?

Setting realistic goals

Setting realistic goals

Every once in a while I get a panicked email or call from someone who wants to “lower their cholesterol down x points before their next doctor’s appointment a month from now“ or “get ready for a marathon in two months”. Don’t get me wrong: Those are all important goals … but they absolutely are not possible (at least in a healthy and sustainable way) in only a month or two!

read more
Upscale sandwich shop recipe inside…

Upscale sandwich shop recipe inside…

Ever eaten at a gourmet sandwich shop and tried something new … and was BLOWN AWAY by the deliciousness?!Well, I’ve got a recipe for you today that’s based on one of those sandwiches. I’m drooling just thinking about it. It’s crunchy (the toasted bread) … creamy (the avocado & hummus) … and tangy (the sauerkraut).

read more
The right way to work out for energy

The right way to work out for energy

One of the top reasons people tell me they skip their workouts (or don’t work out at all!) – is because they don’t have the energy. Here’s a mind-blower for you: one of the best & easiest ways to get more energy fast is to WORK OUT.

read more
The minimum effective dose

The minimum effective dose

Controversy alert! I’m going to say something you won’t hear from a lot of coaches.I hope it gets you fired up – especially if you’ve been struggling. I know you’re busy juggling a ton of day-to-day responsibilities … 

read more

Rob is the owner and founder of Fitness Lifestyle Personal Training.

He has been training for over thirty-three years; seventeen of those years as a personal trainer helping others reach their goals.