The problem with “train, eat, sleep and repeat”
The biggest mistake we make is, when you skip the gym a week or two, you make several months out of it.
You started binging or eating junk food again.
Maybe you are smoking or drinking on the weekends again.
Or you skipped a few workouts this week.
Now you are thinking to yourself, if I am not doing everything right, then I don’t have to do anything right.
Hi fellow gym members, here is your biggest mistake:
You are losing consistency.
And some kind of base consistency should always be there.
Simply because you’re out of your plan or schedule, made a small mistake or two, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t stick with your overall plan.
That is why having general goals is so essential.
Sure, having goals that are 1-3 months away from you achieving them are very important, but having a goal that is one year away is so crucial.
Let’s say that in this graph the x represents time, and y represents your fitness level, strength level, and body composition.
Your progress over time will never be a perfect line.
That is because of your training, eating and recovery habits, and many other factors.
But it doesn’t have to be. It is enough that you are always somewhere along that line. Like this green line. Sometimes you miss workouts, but you are eating right.
Sometimes you may be binge-eating, but you are still hitting the gym and sleeping enough, and so on.
But you are always somewhere on the track, and you don’t get discouraged by a few mistakes you do from time to time.
Unlike this guy, like in the red line, that keeps trying to do everything right and ends up burning out. He makes a few mistakes, forgets his overall goal, and gets a lot of self-doubts even though he gave his best for a long time.
And then he ends up doing nothing for months to come and has to start the whole process all over again.
So the number one rule I would say is to stick to your overall fitness goals.
If you had a week or two off from training, maybe you wanted to enjoy your vacation, it isn’t the end of the world, stick to your nutrition plan as much as you can.
Vice-versa, if you found an excuse to eat a lot of junk food for a week or two, drinking alcohol and whatnot, doesn’t mean you should skip the gym in that period.
You should stick to your plan as much as possible.
The most essential part is to start building good habits. You are building the habit of being a fitness persona.
And that will happen one step at a time.
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Fact is, it will take some time to lay the foundation, and once you have the foundation, you will build on top of it.
The question is, are you going 2 times to the gym this week like in the first video/blog described. Remember, the first barrier is to get to the gym. Or to follow a workout at home.
Once you’re done with that, we can talk about the next step.