Posted by on Jan 30, 2015

Ben Hessel graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s of Science while earning his personal training certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In 2011, he began his own personal training business. Want to train with Ben? We can hook you up.

This is the most common yet ignored part of reaching a fitness goal:

Someone eats well for 2-3 weeks, has life pop up one day, the person gives into cravings, binges, feels like they’ve ruined everything, and throws their hands up in belief that they can’t do it.

“It doesn’t work for me.”

Yeah, right.

The big picture here is that people go on unsustainable plans.  Their weight loss methods are too restrictive and actually promote future binges by speaking so negatively about so many food groups.

The “best” plan actually becomes the worst because there’s no consistency or adherence.

Listen.  Change is bumpy.  Change brings on uncertainty.  That can be uncomfortable, so we want to keep the bumps and bruises small along the way.

If you want to make a fit life sustainable, apply these three tricks to your life:

Automate Your Mornings

There’s a reason you always see Mark Zuckerberg wearing the same grey shirt.

It’s the same reason I bring a Quest Bar with me every morning when I’m on my way to work.

In the morning people generally have more willpower than any other times of day, so a lot of high performers try to conserve as much of it as possible for when they’ll actually need it.

In fitness terms, having to make fewer decisions each morning may lead to an easier time making good decisions the rest of the day.

Having a stream-lined morning might help you not order girl scout cookies from every single person you know who has a kid.  (You know you’ll eat them if you get them).

It may help you choose a quick workout when you get home instead of the couch – even after a long day at work.

And you won’t start the day stressing about what to eat or what your exact macros are.

Build Back Up Plans

Shit happens.  Life gets in the way and it’s easier to stay the same than to become something better.

Knowing that, it’s important to have a fallback option for all of your fitness-related activities.

Maybe you can’t make it to the gym one day.  Traffic is terrible and by the time you get there you’re only going to be able to workout for 20 minutes!

Maybe you’re just discouraged by the gym environment and it’s hard for you to make it as frequently as you need to.

In this case, you may benefit from an awesome arsenal of bodyweight workouts.

Did you forget your lunch at home when you left the house this morning?

Find a restaurant close to your work where you could grab something quick.

Honestly, I go to Chipotle all the time and can keep the calories pretty low with this:

Burrito bowl w/ beans, lots of veggies, meat (double meat?), tomatoes, some cheese and lettuce.

(Chipotle donations will be accepted at the end of this article)

Trigger a Reset Mode

When we deviate from our plans we tend to get in our own heads.

“It was just one workout, are you really so lazy that you couldn’t workout for 20 minutes?”

“All you had to do was say no to that lunch and you couldn’t even do that.”

Something like that sound familiar?

When we catch ourselves becoming our own verbal punching bag, we need a way to reset and just strip our slate clean.

For some people that answer is going for a run.  It’s an escape for them where they have a private space to think and can challenge themselves and feel productive.

(Not me though.  Unless we’re running to Chipotle).

For some people it’s lifting.

For others it may be reading, but the point is that everyone is going to need a reset button like Johnny Manziel and his Snicker’s bar.


To steal a line from my man Mahatma,

Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.

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