Progress Over Perfection
by Audy Butler of 406 Barbelle
When it comes to our wellness and nutrition, perfection is just not possible. To enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, our food and activity plans SHOULD be flexible.
As a coach some of the most common characteristics I see in new clients wanting to make lifestyle changes are: very high level of initial motivation and excitement, immediate implementation of sweeping, large-scale changes, and immaculate discipline for 4-7 days. This is usually followed by an inevitably “imperfect” day, and a rapid decision that their plan didn’t work. They give up and abandon their previous goals altogether, now afraid to try anything for fear of failing.
As we move through the coaching process, we talk about sustainable steps and behaviors, ways to plan, what to do when you go off-plan, and how to adjust the plan when we need to. When people learn and execute on the behaviors that set them up for success, promote overall consistency, but allow for foods that don’t always fit the “healthy” category we see compliance, progress, and overall enjoyment of the process increase dramatically.
In relation to food and fitness, what we do well for a long time is better than what we do perfectly for a short time. Working on your wellness? Take it slow. Want to eat something that’s “off-plan”? Enjoy it and move on. Progress and consistency beat perfection any day.
Today's #foodiefriday recipes will help you recover from our amazing Femme Fatale Week. Click on this link for the recipes.
Today's Femme is one of CrossFit’s classic “Girls” WODs. She was first posted on the CrossFit Main Site as the workout of the day for Saturday, August 9, 2003, but she was unnamed at that time.
She appeared again as the workout of the day for Wednesday, November 5, 2003 – which is the first time the name “Helen” accompanied it, along with a quote from Helen Keller:
“We can do anything we want as long as we stick to it long enough.”
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