Ever wonder why it’s so easy to eat five doughnuts instead of just that one? Or why it’s so hard to skip the gym one day, but becomes that much easier the 2nd, the 3rd and then before you know it you’ve been gone a month? Even going on a vacation can make it hard to get back into your normal routine even though it’s only for a brief time away. Now don’t get me wrong, sugar cravings may account for that binge episode you had with the doughnuts at work the other day, but these things occur largely because one choice or one simple activity has an affect on the activities that precede it. To put it simply… our choices have what I like to call a “Snowball Effect”.
Dave Ramsey, expert financial advisor, has popularized the snowball effect by an effective means of getting out of debt and getting into a place of financial freedom. He suggests making minimum payments on all sources of debt and attacking the smallest debt with a vengeance with any additional dollars available. Once that debt is paid off, you take the money allocated to that debt and move it to the next one. You knock them out one by one while momentum builds and builds until all debt is paid off. Each financial action is working together towards a common goal, but the key is it all begins with one disciplined choice or action. This financial snowball works the same for health and fitness goals. You can’t change everything at once, which is a common mistake people make especially around New Year’s Resolution time. The most successful habits or transformations, whether financial or health based, occur by making baby steps. It all starts with that one good choice…
So you’ve found a boot camp gym that is exactly what you need to get stronger, but you don’t want to pull the trigger and join? Why? What’s stopping you? Is the realization that you have 60 pounds to lose too daunting to even try? Maybe you would love to say you ran a marathon one day but right now, you can’t make it around the block. Each of these things has something in common… taking that first step; making that first good choice.
Good choices build momentum to create great habits and lifestyles. I’m not saying it will be easy, but everything good in life takes some discipline and hard work to achieve. A great starting point to any health and fitness goal is picking one thing to change and make that first good choice of the day. Maybe that means joining the boot camp down the street and investing in your health. Maybe it is selecting egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast instead of a fast-food breakfast sandwich. Whatever that first step is, TAKE IT! Invest in it. Buy one personal training session, head to boot camp immediately after work every day or throw out all your junk food as soon as you’re done reading this. Making a single good choice may seem silly or trivial, but that choice will impact the others you make after that.
Ready to make your first healthy choice ? Sign up for a FREE WEEK of Unlimited Boot Camp classes HERE and let’s help you start building your momentum!
I often here my boot camp members say that after a killer workout, it’s hard to eat something bad for you. This is how good one good choice can lead to more. After all that hard work in class, why would you want to blow it by eating something heavy and fried? When prescribing meal plans or working with members on nutrition, I instruct them to have a cheat meal during the week NOT a cheat day. So many times we let a bad breakfast lead to indulging all day and then all weekend, etc.
The hardest your workouts will ever be are during that first week, same with making healthy eating choices. Push through! Each good choice you make will allow the next good choice to become easier and easier. This then results in acquiring some healthy habits that become a way of life. That is when you reap the benefits of the healthy choices you make and are able to easily do them over and over again BUT remember; the snowball effect can go both ways. So here are some tips to help keep your health snowball moving in the right direction:
- As I stated above, enjoy a sweet indulgence or cheat meal every now and again BUT don’t allow that one cheat meal to be a cheat day.
- Never have two days without movement! Everyone needs a rest day from the gym or activity, but don’t allow that rest day to become two. It will be that much easier for it to become three, four, and so forth.
- Never skip a Monday! Be active, meal prep the night before. Start your week off with “good choices”.
- Fight the urge to just opt for the quick and easy breakfast…or no breakfast.
- Get your workout in when you will have the least excuses to skip it. This will increase the likelihood of getting in this “good choice” thus helping to create others.
Remember, it can be easier to keep moving than it is to start over again. Gain momentum and keep that snowball moving forward. So…what can you do today that will inspire healthy change in your life? What “good choice” can you make right now that will lead to the next one and start your snowball?
Hoping this helps start your snowball, that’s your Tip from the Trainer!