Stop Beating Yourself Up Over Past Fitness Mistakes

by A Diet Community

No fitness schedule is perfect. What’s more, you can’t follow a perfect schedule without making some mistakes. This is one of the most important factors that you should know and believe before starting a weight loss program or fitness regime. If you are someone who wants to become fit but has made mistakes in the past, remember you are not alone. You can actually correct all those mistakes, provided you stop beating yourself up.

One of the common problems with exercise schedules is that many people set unrealistic goals and blame themselves for not achieving them. Alternatively, there are some who believe in inflexible schedules and also tend to blame themselves for not completing them. Whether it is a diet or exercise regime, most weight loss groups believe that mistakes, if made, should be converted to lessons learned. Here are some simple ways in which you can stop beating yourself up for every mistake you make while following your fitness regime-

Firstly, it is important to believe in yourself and your regime. Moreover, it is important that you do not short sell yourself in any manner. In other words, there is nothing lacking in you, neither motivation, nor spirit. Remind yourself of this when you fail to achieve a certain fitness target. It is important not to blame yourself for all the failures that you might face in life. However, if you are to blame in rare cases, then learn from the failure and move on. Thinking about it or fretting about it continuously will only discourage you from pursuing your fitness goals. Instead, it is important to ensure that you do not repeat it in the future.

More than learning from your past mistakes or fretting about it, it is important to be realistic in your approach. There are many times when we create goals and aims that are totally unachievable given the current state of affairs in our lives. Under such circumstances, failure is natural and an obvious result. Instead of blaming the circumstances or yourself for the failure, learn to set achievable and realistic goals. Always take into account all factors surrounding your life before you make any fitness plans.

It is also important to remember that increasing the intensity or speed of a workout or diet plan will not help you achieve results. Slow and steady wins the race, and this adage has never been truer than in the fitness world. Always create your plans in such a way that you are able to see the difference without overworking your body.

When you are still blaming yourself for your mistakes despite your best efforts, enlist the help of a friend or family member. Discussing your situation with a third party will help identify the problem, as well as the solution. Friends or family members are those who know you and understand your needs and problems.

Finally, learn to be happy with what you have achieved rather than concentrating on what you have not achieved. In other words, look at the positive side of your fitness regime rather than eying only the negatives.

GetFit May 9, 2012 at 12:04 am

Super great advice!  I’d also like to add not to have an “all or nothing” attitude.  If you miss a workout, it’s easy to tell yourself you blew it and will wait until next week to start again.  The scary thing about this is that next week might become next month or even next year!  Instead, tell yourself you are going to get right back on track with your next workout, which might be later that day or the following day. 

Rachelle June 15, 2012 at 12:48 am

You’re right that it’s important to recognize accomplishments that are made.  I still have 60 pounds left to lose and sometimes that seems like such a huge number.  So thanks for helping me to see things differently. 

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