You’re looking for a new workout to try on YouTube. You find one that looks super fun but it requires equipment you don’t have (who really has a dip station at home), so you keep scrolling.
Or maybe, you see a super fun online bootcamp but you see it requires five workouts a week. You’ve got a full-time job, maybe kids, volunteering, a social life, and a thousand other things to do. You’re not sure you can commit to all those workouts AND modifying your nutrition at the same time, so you click away.
If this sounds like you, my perfectionist friend, we need to talk.
Being a perfectionist does not serve you.
As a personal trainer and nutrition coach, working with women across the United States to help them joyfully eat and move in a way that brings results, I commonly hear objections such as these.
I don’t have the time to workout.
I don’t have enough equipment.
I’ll be traveling.
I’m [fill in the blank].
These are all different ways to say: I can’t do it perfectly.
Want the good news?
It shouldn’t be perfect.
Hear me out.
I want my clients to succeed and get results. I want them to have fun with their workouts. I want to help them to lose fat and get stronger.
And the truth is, the only way to do that is consistency, not perfection.
When you aim for perfect, 100% compliance, you set yourself up to fail. You’re human, not a robot, so perfection is not even close to possible.
Perfection is inversely correlated to CONSISTENCY
In my life and my coaching, I aim for consistency NOT perfection. Aiming for perfection leads to binging, the all-or-nothing mentality, and the emotional roller coaster of dieting.
Yeah, no thanks.
Instead, focus on whether or not something is sustainable. If you can see yourself doing this in six months, you are on the right track.
In order to do something consistently, you’ll have to make little concessions. That is 1000% okay.
Out for happy hour with friends? Have a glass of wine or a vodka soda instead of mineral water.
Traveling without access to a gym? Skip your lifting sesh and HIIT a bodyweight workout.
Stay up too late studying or meeting a work deadline? Take an extra rest day.
All these little changes sure aren’t perfect but they are tools to help you stay consistent.
And consistency = results.
The real 80/20 rule
NOT eating 80% “clean” and 20%….dirty?
Nope. I’m talking about the fact that 20% of what we do gets us 80% of our results.
More often than not, we tend to get caught up in things that just aren’t really worth our energy. Getting caught up in the details of whether you should use coconut or almond flour really doesn’t matter, right? Or stressing about not having a TRX to do inverted rows is far less important than the fact you’re doing the workout in the first place.
We should be narrowing in and focusing – and spending our time and energy – on the tasks that truly matter to our goals.
If your focus is gaining strength, prioritize your heavy lifting workout days.
If you’re trying to lean out, get lots of protein and veggies on board at every meal.
Focusing on the heavy hitters will maximize your willpower and ensure you’re not wasting energy on things that are not going to affect your results.
So, today, toss the idea of being perfect aside and make sure you are being consistent. To help with consistent nutrition, I put together a toolkit of all my best nutrition strategies! I’ll even give you a sample plan of how to eat consistently when you’re on the go or constantly eating out! Be sure to grab your copy to make sure you’re focusing on the right things to make you consistent!
Stop being a perfectionist! What’s your imperfect workout for today?