If you are trying to lose weight, get back in high-school-skinny shape or are just in search of the perfect version of your physical self, then it is important to keep one thing in mind, and that is this: Consistency is the key to weight loss, not perfection.
When we first start a new weight-loss program, we tend to go in all-in mode. We put on blinders and head down a one-way tunnel. We create the "perfect" meal plan and a workout plan that would even make The Rock happy. Needless to say, we hit the ground running, metaphorically and literally.
That's all well and good, but people, especially if they are about to make drastic changes to their lives, cannot expect perfection. They cannot expect to eat healthy for every single meal, and not miss a single day at the gym. If you put those kinds of expectations on yourself, then you will fail, and you likely won't get back up.
Here's the deal: Losing weight and becoming the best version of yourself is a lifestyle. It's not a race to the finish line, even if we are trying to drop 20 pounds as fast as humanly possible.
You are going to slip up by eating something that doesn't have "healthy" written all over it, and you are going to skip a day at the gym here and there as a result of life happening.
Here are a few pointers to make these out-of-the-blue situations not turn into habits.
Never skip two days in a row when it comes to working out.
Never eat back-to-back unhealthy meals.
Don't be afraid of the cheat meal. If you are craving something, then eat it. Just make sure you aren't breaking your healthy lifestyle more often than not by eating junk food/food that you wouldn't consider healthy and part of your meal plan.
In terms of the gym, do what you can do. Just because it is, of course, better to run for 30 minutes rather than 20 (of course, factors like pace come into play), create a plan that you can stick you. You're the one who has to do it, so do something that you will enjoy, and stick to it for the long haul.
"Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come." -- Dwayne Johnson
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As you start to drop the pounds, you will realize that it is okay to eat cheat meals from time to time, and you will also start pushing yourself more and more in the gym. You will realize that consistency is the real key to your weight-loss journey, not the made-up word known as "perfection."
The idea of perfection doesn't exist. After all, one person's definition of perfect could be completely different than the next person's.
Be consistent in your efforts, and don't strive to be perfect. Strive to be the best version of yourself.