How do you break down barriers? You need to listen to your body and learn about yourself. Ok, I know you are thinking “no one knows me better than I know myself” and I get that…but my question is do you LISTEN to yourself?
For example, I am a morning person and I HAVE to take advantage of that fact. I know that if I don’t do my workout first thing in the morning then I will find approximately one million reasons why I can’t get it done later in the day and if by some chance I do manage to do it later, I do it with half the motivation or intensity that I should. I know myself and I listen to myself, by doing my workout first thing I have removed that barrier from my day. My husband on the other hand is the exact opposite from me. He is NOT a morning person and if he were to schedule his day around a morning workout it would probably not happen. Knowing he missed his workout would set a negative tone for the rest of the day. So, to remove that barrier, he schedules his workouts for the afternoon/evening time. Instead of using our schedules as an excuse to miss our workouts we schedule our day around our workouts.
What barriers have you put up that are keeping your from making optimal nutritional choices? The biggest barrier I see (and experience) most often is being prepared. Preparation come in many forms, the key is finding what works best for you! Meal planning? Meal prepping? Shopping weekly or bi-weekly? Look at your routine and see where you have created a barrier. For example, if you don’t get home from work till 7pm this week. You are tired and have no motivation to cook… how are you going to handle that? Did you prepare for this barrier by food prepping earlier in the week, or are you going to use this an excuse to order out?
When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle there is no “one size fits all” approach. Yet, there are general guidelines we can follow. At the end of the day you have to find what works best for you and stay true to that course of action. Look for the barriers in your life and instead of using them as an excuse, use them as a stepping stone to change. Zig, Zag and enjoy the process of finding the path forward!