It’s official; there are only 21 days left in the year. And those 21 days probably represent more opportunities to stray from your fitness and nutrition plans than all of the other 345 put together. You need a plan and you need one fast!
Willpower? Forget it. Never works. What you need is a strategy. Don’t know the difference? Let me illustrate with a personal example. I have a profound weakness for chocolate, in particular, good, dark chocolate (although I have been known to eat a handful of chocolate chips in desperation…).
If I buy my favorite chocolate and put it in the kitchen cupboard I have to rely on ‘willpower’ to avoid eating a piece every time I walk past that cupboard and hear it calling my name. What about a little tiny piece? No such thing! One piece becomes two, then three, then half the bar, then I better finish it all and hide the wrapper so nobody knows how much of it I ate. That’s ‘willpower’ for you. All his fault!
‘Strategy’, on the other hand, knows what a slacker ‘willpower’ is and avoids leaving the decision making up to him. My very simple strategy is to avoid bringing my favorite chocolate home. If it’s not in my cupboard I’m not likely to eat it. ‘Strategy’ number two? Buy a single serving and eat it immediately. Satisfaction plus future opportunity for ‘willpower’ to fail averted.
P.S. I made all my workouts last week! Had to be a bit flexible though and switched my Thursday strength and Friday metabolic workouts around. Mom and Baby Bootcamp needed an emergency substitute instructor so I gave up my weight room training session to help out. I remember how hard it is for new moms to get out of the house with a baby in tow and wanted to make sure the two women showed up were rewarded for their efforts! Plus, I love the wee ones, especially when they belong to someone else!