It is something that many of us struggle with. There are those people out there who believe that perfectionism is an extension of OCD and for some of us it is. I have slight OCD tendencies in that I will check doors are locked etc multiple times. I also like things lined up a specific way on my desk and man is my Tupperware cupboard clean 😉. I can joke about it because it’s MY battle but for many people it is not a joke.
Many people who are struggling with weight loss and fitness do so because of perfectionism. The all or nothing mentality of, if I can’t commit 100% then I won’t even start. It’s why so many have the “I’ll start again on Monday” mentality.
For me my perfectionism is a hard battle and it is something I tried to work on in my cognitive behavioural classes when I was with the health initiative study. Perfectionism stops me from doing so many things. I was raised in a home where being second best wasn’t good enough and that has carried into my entire life including my weight losses and gains and my fitness.
Taking out a gym membership was a giant step in tackling my perfectionism but today I took another big step. I have a very busy and scheduled day. I did not have an hour to book off anywhere for the gym. I thought about just skipping it and getting on with other things but I didn’t. I made a conscious choice to still go to the gym and to do 45min of hard cardio.
I don’t have to do an hour every time I go to the gym and even 20min would have been better than nothing. Baby steps.
If you are struggling with starting again every Monday or skipping workouts because you can’t give it your all then try to take those baby steps. Nobody is perfect and we weren’t made to be. It’s taken me 47yrs to learn this lesson and I am still working on getting it to sink in but it’s definitely starting to.