What you do when nobody is watching
What separates the people who achieve their goals from the people who don’t? Almost all of the time it is consistency or to go with the blog title...what you do when nobody is watching!
Let’s delve a little bit deeper into what I mean. We have all seen the people who post on social media every time that they walk into the gym or show us pictures of their ‘healthy’ meals which is great, maybe you do this as well and it is good to share your goals with your friends and what you’re doing to get there. However, it’s easy to do this when everything is going well and you’re fully motivated but how often do these people either go quiet or not get any closer to their goals?
What really matters?
What really matters is what you do when nobody is watching. When you get home from work late in the evening and you’re tired, do you cook a fresh, homemade meal or do you go down the Chippy because you can’t be bothered to cook? You’re a bit sore from a previous training session and your favourite TV program is about to start, do you go do your planned training session or do you put the kettle on, get the biscuits out and watch the TV?
These are the decisions that you have to make on a daily and weekly basis. Every client that I’ve trained and every person that I talk to about diet and training always get reminded the same thing...it’s what you do when you can’t be bothered that really makes the difference. Get that nutritious meal in, go complete your planned training session and you’ll feel a lot better and more proud of yourself afterwards, plus you’ll be one step closer to achieving whatever goal it is that you’ve set yourself.
Can you have any wiggle room at all then?
Of course you can! I am not saying that you can’t have a takeaway every so often or have a dessert when you go out for a meal, we have all got to live a little and enjoy our lives; my partner and I have the occasional Chinese takeaway just like everybody else. The big takeaway point is (pun slightly intended!), if you’re meant to eat 4 meals a day then make sure that the first 3 are nutritious and what you’re meant to be eating and then have your ‘cheat meal’ afterwards. If you’re meant to get your training session done then go do it and then watch your TV program afterwards; don’t let one bad meal turn into a couple of days of non-optimal eating which can easily happen if you let it.
So what should you do?
Save your treats or missed gym sessions for VERY special occasions! This means that 99% of the time you get up off of your backside and cook a proper meal or go complete your training session like you are meant to! Consistency is key, achieving your goals is meant to be hard work and is meant to take a good amount of effort and willpower; you will get there if you remain consistent.
I personally program my training sessions and meals into my diary as part of my working day, doing this means that the time is set aside for that task so there is no excuse not to do it. What happens if you don’t turn up to your job? You get fired…think of other parts of your life like this as well!