Being healthy is a binary decision. Win or lose. See, the key to health is just winning on a consistent basis. This is where so many people go wrong. It’s not necessarily about the size of the win or how “good” of a win it was that makes the difference. One insane workout every two weeks isn’t going to mean much if the other days you’re doing nothing and eating bad. Consistency is the key because these “wins” compound over time.
Think about it, when you’re not winning, you’re losing. So, if you’re winning more often than not, only good things can happen. I’m not saying you can’t take rest days or cheat days or whatever you want to call it. Those are necessary for being balanced. Just make sure you’re winning more than you’re losing. That’s it.
This seems simple but what you’re really doing by consistently winning is empowering you mind. Once you’ve empowered your mind to win consistently things will change for the better. Then adjust the win/loss ratio for what you want to accomplish. If you’re training for a marathon, you’re not going to be able to do much losing. If you just want to feel better and look better, then having a slice of pizza and charging it to the game isn’t going to be a big deal.
The trick is just being aware of your wins and losses. And to make sure you associate your decisions with winning and losing! Remember, it’s all about “easy wins”. It doesn’t take much to get a win throughout your day. Make sure you give yourself credit though!
Do 10 pushups when you wake up. WIN.
Drink an extra glass of water. WIN.
Eat a healthy lunch. WIN.
All of the sudden you’ll be wrapping your day up thinking about how much you’ve been winning! And you’ll love the way that feels. You have to be aware of your losses too. By NOT doing your easy wins, you’re losing. Eating unhealthy or being inactive is a loss.
80/20 applies here perfectly. Just win 80% of the time – Doesn’t have to be perfect. I’m not saying go count every single decision you make and see if you made it to 80%. Just make your best judgement throughout your day.
The hard part is that unless you pay attention, you sometimes won’t be able to tell the difference between winning and losing.
Sure, eating healthy will give you more energy but how many people associate being tired with what they ate? Most people just think “well, I’m always tired”. Not to mention, how many people associate working out with giving you more energy? This is why so much of being healthy is mental. You really have to change your mindset in order to live a healthy life.
Hint: This doesn’t have to be difficult either.
Just be aware of what you’re doing/when you’re winning, and your mindset will change.
The first easy win you should get is just deciding to be healthy. After that you’re bound to start paying attention. Once you start paying attention you’ll notice the little things that are hurting/helping you. You’ll notice that that cheeseburger and fries for lunch really sucked all the energy out of you and that yesterday when you ate healthy you were able to accomplish so much more. This is the difference between a win and a loss. These can be the smallest things in the world. Just make sure you’re winning more often than you’re losing.
Everyone wants to win. Why not do it all day, everyday?
Other mindset shifts to make
Common thought: Only my amount of sleep affects my energy level
-So many people think they’re tired because they don’t get enough sleep. No one stops to think about whether there are any other contributing factors there.
How you should think: Sleep is a big part in determining my energy level but its not everything
-Your diet plays a huge part in the amount of energy you have each day. Bad food lowers your energy levels. Eating too much lowers energy levels. Not eating enough can lower energy levels. So next time you’re tired during the day, think about what it is you’ve had to eat!
Common thought: I can’t workout in the morning, I’ll be too tired the rest of the day
-It’s easy to think like this. Anyone who has worked out before knows that they’re typically exhausted afterwards.
How you should think: Working out BOOSTS my energy level
So many people associate working out with being exhausted. Anyone that has worked out in the morning knows that it is actually the opposite. Exercise is how you build endurance so you have more energy on a regular basis. Working out increases blood flow and metabolism, which in return creates more energy. Just be sure to refuel your body afterwards, so it has something to run on!
Common thought: The reason I’m not in shape is because I don’t go to the gym enough
-The most common goal for people wanting to get in shape is “go to the gym more”. How many of you have had that written down as a New Year’s Resolution at some point?
When you start to change your mindset on health, that’s when things will start to turnaround for you.
How you should think: Diet is tens times as important as the gym
Exercise is actually going to increase your appetite. If your diet is poor than you’re only going to be putting in more bad food, counteracting all the work you’ve put in the gym. Even with all the training in the world, if you eat sugary, fatty, processed food, you are going to put on weight.
Healthy doesn’t have to be difficult, unless you want it to be.
Are you winning or losing? Remember that each day and you’ll be just fine.