Ok. Let’s make this simple. I like simple. It’s much easier to deal with than its counterpart: complicated.
If you’re like me, you’ve been around the weight loss and/or fitness block more than a few times. You’ve read countless books, joined endless gyms, hopped on every program’s bandwagon, and been all over every fitness craze to come around the pike. We know what works and we know what doesn’t. Let’s not kid ourselves. We didn’t get overweight and out of shape because we didn’t know. We got that way because we just didn’t care–at the time. We all had different reasons and different situations, but it all boils down to this: it wasn’t important enough for us to stay at or get to a healthy weight or fitness level. It was NOT the priority. Our priorities may have been to take care of that new baby’s every need, to work as much overtime as we could to get a bigger paycheck or promotion, to eat as much as we could to numb our emotional pain, to not think, to get through the day, to care for our significant others, to keep our promises we made to others, to meet that deadline, and so-on-and-so-forth. The reasons don’t matter in the sense that we all got to where we got, regardless. Don’t let our reasons get in the way of our DOING SOMETHING about it!
Listen to me! I am not going to judge you for ANY reason or excuse or priority in YOUR story that contributed to you being where you are today. You don’t have to explain it all to me. You don’t have to convince me in some way that you had a valid reason—of course you had a valid reason! We all did and still do! Let’s do our best to move past that part….the getting people to accept me part, because I ALREADY ACCEPT YOU! It’s time you started accepting yourself AS YOU ARE.
As I was getting prepared to start my own personal challenge of starting AND finishing p90x, the nutrition part was just overwhelming me. Look, my pockets are not deep and even if they were deep, they’d still be as empty as they are today. It just wasn’t making sense or seeming very simple to be buying tons of items to prepare tons of recipes that I don’t even really know if I am going to like, or, in my case with the Lapband situation, if I will even be able to keep it down—nevermind what it was going to do to my pocket! So I stood there in my kitchen pouring over the grocery list one more time (it was probably the billionth time, but I stopped counting somewhere around the 987,547th time), and I had an epiphany! Why not just keep this simple! Why not just do what I know WORKS! That is the foundation that I know: Lean proteins, good carbs, good fats, and easy on the sugars, sodium, and manufactured/processed crap. My shopping list just shrunk by 75%! My frustration just plummeted to manageable levels! I see THE LIGHT! Whew! It was about time!
So there I was, all epiphanied out, and I realize that if I strive for the 90-10 rule, I might just manage to make this AND learn some new stuff along the way that HELPS not hurts! If I spend 90% of my time, energy, and efforts on eating clean, healthy, & right the way I KNOW how (what I can control) AND allow myself that 10% wiggle room to make mistakes, experiment with things I’m unsure of, and to be IMPERFECT (the part I can’t control), I might be a whole lot more calm about this whole process! Hmmmm….imagine that!?
Now if I apply that to my fitness, it’s the same thing. Let’s break it down:
90% of the time, energy, and efforts towards what I do know or can control: follow the P90X (or other Beachbody) program
10% wiggle room to figure out my modifications at different levels, rest, and being IMPERFECT!
Am I going to be able to perform all of the P90X moves/exercises/movements? HELL NO! Does that mean I’m out? Not necessarily! It means that I’m not going to be perfect. I’m not the one on the DVD with Tony Horton. I’m not an elite athlete. I’m not even a graceful walker! I give myself permission to modify things until I can do it like Tony. I give myself permission to do it different. I give myself permission to NOT be perfect.