Consistent, Imperfect Action
My family and I recently decided to sell our home of 10+ years and invest into a property that would need a great deal of work. We sold our house, and began living between temporary homes of which were free to us. Great. This is going to help with the budget. Little did I know the depth of the journey we had embarked upon.
Life became complicated. For the next 6 months, my three person family would move twice a week, between my mother-in-law’s two bedroom town home and my husband’s business. His business provided a shower and a room we turned into a bedroom and my husband’s mother unselfishly gave up her house 3-4 nights a week while she stayed with a friend. Basically, we had a place to shower and lay our heads at night after a long day at work, and we were very grateful for that!
Nonetheless, we were living out of suitcases, with a few dresser drawers for each of us, and our life packed up in a storage unit. Staying committed to exercise became challenging because of all the distractions and constant cycling of homes.
Forget meal prepping. We were eating out so much that all of us were sick of it. What would I do? After all I owned a fitness business. I could hear my own words in my head that I say countless times to my own athletes, “Perfect never comes! Small steps will keep you on the path!” See post “What’s In The Secret Sauce?“
I realized that at this time in my life, I would be faced with challenges that I had never experienced. As my mother-in-law put it “your life right now is anything but normal.” There would be days that I wanted to skip exercise because I was so distracted, but I showed up anyway. I didn’t have to think about what I was going to do because my coach guided me the entire hour. As far as food prepping and fixing dinners, well we didn’t have a kitchen any longer. I had to come up with healthier food options for my family’s current circumstances. HelloFresh, AmazonFresh, Blue Apron just to name a few.
We are 6 months into this journey now, and we’re estimating that this project will be finished anywhere from 8 months to a year from now. We have moved to a campsite in a camper with about 200 square feet of living space. We aren’t shuffling between homes any longer, but tiny living has its own set of challenges.
If you’re just starting to exercise, or fixing your diet after a rough couple of weeks, or maybe your work/life balance is out of whack, do everything you can to minimize the decisions you have to make. Do a six-week challenge, and follow directions. Show up to a CrossFit class. Schedule a Personal Training session with your Coach. Make your meals on Sunday, when you’re fresh and rested or try a food service delivery. Follow someone else’s plan for you until good habits are entrenched and you are over the hump. Save your willpower for dealing with your boss or the occasional clogged RV toilet.
Your workouts don’t have to be perfect every day. You don’t have to invent a new diet, or study textbooks. You can avoid paralysis by analysis. I have a coach; she tells me what to do and how to do it; and then I go make better decisions outside the gym. Consistent, imperfect action will carry you further than brief moments of perfection and this is the recipe for success. In relationships, in fitness and in life.
Take ACTION! Do things that will make a difference. Knock over the first domino.