If you are looking to get back on track with your weight loss, fitness and health efforts, one of the most helpful tips we can give you is to go easy on yourself and embrace imperfection.
When you give yourself a break, and really develop this as a habit, you often give yourself the space to make some great changes that put you on the path towards becoming fit, healthy and fully alive.
This does not mean you don't push yourself, and be open to being pushed. What it does mean is that you give yourself the space and time to develop the momentum that you need to get going.
For example, one piece of very consistent feedback that we get from the (free) PEERtrainer Cheat System is that people love that it gives them "permission" to follow a fairly advanced eating program at their own personal speed.
Of course there is a place for programs that have you go all in. But one of the things that we are really focusing on with our "PEERtrainer University" concept, is to make sure that everyone in our community and audience is progressing in some way.
If you are part of the group of people who feel stuck, not on track or maybe you are new to PEERtrainer and still have a lot of "conventional" habits, really think about giving yourself a break, and focus on one new thing that you know will help you. These "one things" really have a neat habit of stacking up, and turning into something good.
You might also want to read this great article on how to live your life without apology. It is a good one, and people rave about it.
But the interesting thing about imperfection, is that if it allows you to keep on a path where you are developing your positive habit muscle, you'll be on the path towards really big transformation.
The kind of transformation where you surprise yourself. Another key point to make is that everyone has a different path to this place of big transformation. As long as you have an open mind and fully embrace the idea that new results will require new actions, you'll be headed to a great place.
We know that people LOVE new recipes, no matter what track they are on. If you are comfortable in the kitchen, this new weight loss soup recipe is something you must try. Follow the instructions, get out your immersion blender and fire away. You'll love it.
If you are more of a "meal assembler" we have a ton of Breakfast Shake Recipes that allow people to get a jumpstart on their day, and feel very full and energized. Some people are able to start their day with a massive salad- others like the short cut that the shakes provide. All the recipes that we put together feature pea/rice protein (no whey or soy!) and also feature greens or fruit, which if you eat at breakfast time, it really helps reduce the odds of having a "meltdown" later in the day.
Another tip about imperfection is that it can be planned. Most of us have more energy in the morning and at the start of the day. As you are starting your journey, you don't need to be totally ON all day. Commit to making sure your breakfast kicks butt. Have a big salad or a shake. Plan a great lunch.
And if something crazy happens, which it does, let it happen.
One tip that will help everyone, is that when "stuff" happens and you are out of your comfort zone, give yourself as much room for error as possible. This is where the cleanse principles come in, and if you have not watched the video "How To Do A Cleanse The Right Way" click on that link and watch. It will teach you the foods to avoid, and which to focus on.
And when we say cleanse, this is simply common sense on warp speed. Hopefully this focus on embracing imperfection will really give you the space to build confidence and momentum. Over time we will be posting and emailing all sorts of great and fairly advanced content. But we want you to be ready for it, and able to have the strength to act!!
-Jackie and the PEERtrainer Team
PS: Here are some articles and resources that will help teach you some of the more advanced ideas of "PEERtrainer University"