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How many times have you thought, starting after xmas will be the “perfect time” to start that fitness programme? Or after that holiday or once the kids go back to school?  This all or nothing thinking in regards to our health, nutrition and fitness usually gets us “nothing” as opposed to “all” unfortunately.  Sound familiar?
I know that I am very prone to putting things off, or continuously planning to help avoid the work of actually doing. 
 

THERE WILL NEVER BE A PERFECT TIME.

That motivation you felt on Thursday to start that new regime on Monday, only for Monday to come around and you can’t find your shoes or the snooze button is a better option, can derail you for another day, week, month.  Then when you start it isn’t all roses.  You need to grab that time when it arises, that moment you have when the baby is asleep or you log out of your computer to go for a walk, do a yoga class or just dance in the lounge till you’re hot and sweaty.

Grab those moments – that is your perfect time.  Those little bits and pieces you do all add up.  Choosing that green smoothie over the chocolate milkshake.  That’s a moment. You ate pizza and a beer for dinner.  “Oh shit, I just ruined it.”  Nope, no you didn’t.  You were living.  The next morning you get out of the house and go for a bike ride, yep you’re going good.
Get started, little bites of living that move you towards a better you. Get support.  It sure helps when someone gives us a push or a pull along. Eventually you’ll be tracking along on your own, but that help to start can be a lifesaver.  Friend, family, bootcamp group or coach.  They can all help.
 
As you may know I did my nutrition studies through Precision Nutrition and I found these helpful tips from them on this topic, so if you’re still “waiting for the perfect time”, try these tips to help you stop feeling stuck and start taking action.

1. Revise your expectations.

Recognize that there is no perfect time and there never will be.
There is only now.

2. Carve out time, even if it’s imperfect.

Nobody will give that time to you. You’ll need to take it. Give yourself permission to make yourself — and your fitness and health goals — a priority.

Find the time you need in your schedule. Don’t have time for an hour-long workout? No problem. How much time do you have? 20 minutes? 10 minutes? Work with what you’ve got.

Don’t expect things to go perfectly smoothly. Instead, anticipate and strategize. Ask yourself:

  • What’s likely to get in the way of what I hope to accomplish?
  • What is something I can do today to help me keep going when I face those obstacles?

Instead of waiting for things to ‘slow down’, start making something happen right now, in the middle of the mess.

3. Just start.

If you feel stuck, just do something. Anything.

Find the smallest possible thing you can do right now, in the next 5 minutes, and do it. Now you’ve started!

In PN Coaching, we concentrate on finding “5-minute actions”. Instead of coming up with the biggest, grandest scheme, think about what you could do in just 5 minutes to help move yourself — even just a tiny bit — in the direction of your goals. Then, go do it.

Remember: action is a “vote” in favor of a different, healthier, fitter life. Vote early, vote often.

4. Expect resistance.

It’s normal. Push through it. Resistance doesn’t mean this won’t work. It just means you’ve started.

You only have to get through this moment. This moment of starting will be the hardest. Luckily, it won’t last long.

5. Get support.

Let go of the concept of the lone hero. Instead, start building your support systems.

Whether it’s a friend or family member, workout buddy, or a coach, find someone to fire up your booster rockets until you can fly on your own.

 Contact me for a chat, I’d love to help you!  Check out my coaching pages to see what suits 🙂