Why the “pause-button mentality” is ruining your health and fitness.

“Why don’t your programs offer a ‘pause’ feature?”

After all, what’s the harm in letting clients/patients take a break from a nutrition and fitness plan when they’re:

  • leaving for vacation,
  • completely swamped at work,
  • pregnant, or just after delivery,
  • injured, or
  • caring for an ailing family member?

For a client, the thought process boils down to:
If I miss some workouts, eat the wrong things, skip the homework… I fail.
Aren’t I additional seemingly to succeed if I take an opportunity, just until I have the time to do it right?

This is what I call the ‘pause-button mentality.’

Now, don’t get me wrong.
I think it’s healthy — even commendable — to want to do your best.
At the same time, this completely natural and well-meaning impulse is one of the fastest, surest, most reliable ways to sabotage your plans for improved nutrition, health, and fitness.
Here’s why — and what to do instead.

Starting recent when you lose your method could be an incredibly comforting thought.

That’s probably why New Year’s resolutions are so popular, especially following the indulgence-fueled holiday season.

Could you give me that cheesecake? I’ll pick my diet back up on Monday!

We’ve learned in our nutrition coaching programs that the idea of a do-over is so alluring you don’t even need a mess-up for the pause-button mentality to take over.
Every Gregorian calendar month, we welcome a new group of clients. Every July, we tend to absorb the second, and final, group of the year.
In July, six months just knowing that new clients are starting the program fresh in January makes some July clients “itch” for a new beginning, even though they’re already making progress, changing their bodies.

If solely you’d let Pine Tree State begin over, I’d nail it this time!

However, here’s the problem: The pause-button mentality only builds the skill of pausing.

Whether it’s tomorrow, Monday, next week, or perhaps next year, touch that notional pause button provides you some sense of relief.
It allows you a little respite from what can be a tough slog.
(And the middle is always a tough slog, it doesn’t matter what kind of project you’re working on.)
This perceived relief combine by the illusion that if we tend to “start fresh” later, we will realize the sorcerous “right time” to start.

Listen, I get it.

It can feel absurd to try to improve your eating and exercise habits while you’re in the midst of chronic stress / looking for a job / starting a new job / going on vacation/caring for aging parents / raising small children.
That’s most likely why their area unit such a lot of 21-day this and 90-day that. What adult has over ninety days to travel when their fitness goals with associate degree full-scale effort?

However, what do these intense fitness sprints teach you?

The talent of obtaining a match at intervals a concise (and fully non-representative) amount of your life.

What don’t they teach you?

The skill of getting fit (or staying fit) amid a standard, complicated, “how it is” sort of life.
This is why the plaything diet issue has become such a development.

It’s not about willpower. It’s about skills.

In most fitness situations, you learn how to get fit under weird, tightly-controlled, white-knuckle life situations.
You build that one, solitary, non-transferrable skill — to slam the gas pedal down, drive the needle into the red, and squeal down the road for a little while, burning the rubber off your tires till you (quickly) run out of gas and crash.
What you don’t build is the ability to get fit under real-life conditions.
That’s why it doesn’t stick. Not because you suck.
However, as a result of the natural and particular consequence of getting a restricted talent set is short-run progress followed like a shot by semipermanent frustration.

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