Less Of What Doesn’t Require More of What Does

My entire food, fitness and lifestyle philosophy hinges on the idea of doing more of what works and less of what doesn’t. If you want to be a healthy, happy, fit person, then you simply need to do the things that healthy happy fit people do in a way that works for you.

I suspect this is often drastically different than what you’ve been lead to believe. No strict, rigid diet and fitness plans here. Just a whole lot of playing, experimenting and exploring and a whole lot more of figuring out what does and doesn’t work.

Unintentionally, most of us focus on what isn’t working. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, and it’s a natural response. The things that aren’t working are usually slapping you in the face. It’s hard to ignore.

And yet, why do we keep coming back to it? Why after swearing off sugar, which we touched on recently, do you find yourself at 8 pm the next day already six cookies deep? Why after committing to a full week of workouts do you find yourself unable to peel yourself off the couch by Tuesday?

What I’ve learned is that doing more of what works and less of what doesn’t can’t can't get the same treatment. Doing more of what works will often naturally crowd out the things that aren’t working. But it doesn’t seem to work in reverse. If we don’t replace something that isn’t working with something that is, we'll often fill that space with that very same thing or something equally unsupportive.

That, and we’re often a little too optimistic about what we can do right out of the gate. We’ll talk soon about the Goldilocks Zone and finding that sweet spot of just the right amount of challenge and change.

It’s up to you if you want to focus your energy on doing more of what works or less of what doesn’t. Both have merit, but both require energy and attention and in slightly different ways from one another. After all, we can often refrain our “avoid” goals (don’t eat refined carbs, don’t eat processed fats, etc.) as “approach” goals (eat a serving of vegetables at every meal, find ways to move every day, etc.).

I talk all about setting better goals, including moving from avoid goals to approach goals, here: https://www.headdownheartup.com/better-goals

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