I think you must have had your head buried in the sand if you didn’t see at least some of the media coverage of Theresa May last week.
She had planned this speech for weeks, had the brightest minds work on it, plan, prepare and psych herself up for it. This speech was going to dig her out of the hole she was in and had the potential to save her flagging premiership.
What happened? Pretty much everything went wrong. She had a prankster come and hand her a P45, some of her set fell down behind her and she developed a cough that just wouldn’t go away no matter how much she wished it would or water she drank.
Now I know you are probably thinking, what has this to do with Tris and FITBOX? Why is he going on about politics when he is a health coach?
Well, my takeaway message from Teresa this week is this:
Things don’t always go according to plan!
And I don’t just mean in your alternate life as a politico. I mean in the regular day to day running of our lives, things will and do go wrong on a fairly regular basis. Here’s the kicker. When these things go wrong, it normally has a knock-on effect onto our training and diet routine.
Chances are if you are reading this, like me, you have been around the block a little and if you don’t think this is true, then you have been living in cotton wool all your life.
We’ve all done it, (I know I have) we’d planned to eat the lunch we had prepared and taken with us to work but things happened and we end up eating something bought from the shop or some greasy sandwich. Tastes good, though we kick ourselves afterward.
Or it could be that you weren’t planning on having an alcoholic drink when you were going out on Saturday but for whatever reason, you let your hair down, have a couple of cocktails and a pizza on the way home.
I’m here to say that these things will happen, you’re only human. The key message is, don’t let it knock your confidence and your mood.
This may sound great but I know you’re thinking. This is very easy sat typing at a laptop but what about how I feel when I’ve woken up post cocktails, craving a McDonalds???
You have to realise that today is another day. Yes, you may have had too much 12 hours ago but you can’t let this affect you going forward. Don’t let this feeling of failure follow you through the whole weekend. It’s too easy to say, blow it, I’ll start again on Monday. Stay strong and here are a couple of hacks that should help.
Plan beforehand. When broken down, fat loss is little more than eating fewer calories than we burn off. If you know you are going out for a curry, you could eat fewer calories in the day before and the day after. Sorted.
Plan a free meal into your week. I don’t like the term cheat meal, I prefer free meal. You work hard all week, leave yourself a little treat in your diet planning. Your mind will thank you for it and you will be more likely to stay on track long-term. Oh, and by treat, I don’t mean smashing a 10,000 calorie all day bender. Keep it sensible.
With these two handy little hacks your efforts shouldn’t get derailed because of a slip up. Always remember that every day is retrievable, don’t chuck it all in to start again on a Monday. Especially if it’s only Tuesday!
Do you have any hacks that keep you on track? Let us know in the comments below. I would love to hear them.
Keep it simple
This was first published on Fitbox Blog in October 2017