Repeat after me: Imperfect progress is STILL progress. I have to essentially repeat this to myself on a daily basis. Whether it’s making progress in organizing my household, paying down debt or perhaps working out, progress is still progress.
While the idea behind imperfect progress is easy enough, it is not always easy to tackle that hurdle in our minds. I know for me, I like to do things perfectly… And well, I want to let you in on a secret – I rarely, ever do anything perfectly. All too often I put off starting a project because I know that I will be unable to successfully complete the task. So I put off the task therefore putting off making progress toward a given goal.
Am I the only person that does this? It’s essentially a form of self sabotage. I have been the best intentioned on working out and sticking to a meal plan this week. I know, I know NOT another post on my inability to make myself a priority… There’s a million reasons why I haven’t stuck to my meal plan and worked out this week but, probably at its core is my inability to perfectly stick to my meal plan.
How to Stick to a Meal Plan
My best advice would be to create a weekly meal plan. Once you have a meal plan make sure you have all the foods in the house to ensure that your meals go off without a hitch. If you have a food item that you really love but overindulge on it, explore other healthier options on Pinterest. Pinterest seems to have recipes for everything! We all know how important it is to drink water. Maybe purchase yourself a new water bottle and make a command decision on how much water you’re going to drink. I find by writing what I am eating down, I do better. A different way of holding myself accountable.
Remember give yourself some grace. Progress is still progress whether or not you have done things perfectly. I can’t help but think where I would be if I had never given up on working out. I tell you what, giving up and not caring hasn’t gotten me anywhere. Small changes really do make a difference. So who cares if you eat that brownie today when tomorrow you have a fresh start at a clean slate? Progress matters.