For anyone who’s embarked on a new weight loss plan, it’s a familiar nightmare. You make your strict diet plan and vow to be 100% good. You’ll follow the diet loss plan with 100% effort and accuracy and will not give into temptations. But then you’re at that crossroads moment – an all you can eat buffet, party, holiday, alone in the kitchen at night – and the mental struggle kicks in. You give into the slightest slip and OMG you become a heap of sorry shame. You ask yourself: “How the hell can I be strict 100%of the time? I can’t do this!”
But Fitlass’ approach philosophy is all about living. Enjoyment. Chilling out even (Yes even I let my hair down now and then – literally!) and still have a healthy lifestyle. This is YOUR personal journey to embrace a healthier and fuller lifestyle. But one that is sustainable and healthier in the long run. This is not an all or nothing philosophy. Enter the 80/20 rule…
What is the 80/20 rule?
The bottom line of this philosophy is this: if you align eating healthy and exercising 80% of the time, then consider yourself well on course on the long haul of a healthy life. That said while 100% compliance isn’t the expectation everyday, 100% commitment is. Think of your life journey as a transition and continuing evolution. Give your plan 100% effort and understand that it’s ok when the odd bit of cake right under your nose calling you, is not going to mess up the bigger picture. An 80% end result will have you well on your way to success and a sustainable healthier lifestyle.
The good news …….
As you continue your lifestyle like this, I promise you will be pleasantly surprised. Taste buds have a way of adapting themseleves. Once your off the physiological sugar roller coaster, the psychological habit has a way of disappearing too. I would happily consume bar after bar of chocolate and not feel sick. But now if I have a king size bar, my stomach doesn’t like it. It almost rejects it. And then I think, what benefits will my body get from this and it stops me in my tracks. Soon you will find recipes and workouts you once raised your eyebrow at are the very ones that you enjoy. In fact, I’ll go further to say you’ll actually miss them if you have to go without for one day. You actually look forward to getting back to the routine after a mad night out. You will see and feel the benefits and going backwards will seem hugely unrewarding. Rest assured in the course of adopting this plan, you’ll make it fit comfortably with your own life. Eventually the process will take its own momentum and it will require less and less effort over time.
In a nutshell……
The essence of the 80/20 rule is found in the overall picture, not collecting minute details. It’s less about what you do at any one meal or a single session at the gym but more about what you do over the course of a given week or month. And that my readers is the principle of the 80/20 rule.