Why Aiming for Perfection is a Bad Idea on Your Health and Wellness Journey

Why Aiming for Perfection is a Bad Idea on Your Health and Wellness Journey

Do you find yourself feeling motivated and ready to “change your life” so you start a new diet, train 5-6 days a week, hit a step goal, drink more water, and say bye bye to your favorite foods all at once?

The majority of people who try to “change it all” and try to be perfect get exhausted, hate the process, and quit after a few weeks. They think their health and wellness journey has to be a strict plan followed perfectly… I have good news, it doesn’t!

Perfection can lead to this “all or nothing” mindset, which then leads to the “I ruined it already, so I will start again on Monday” mindset, which is a vicious cycle that you don’t want to be a part of!

So what should you do instead? Start small and aim to be consistent rather than perfect.

When you start small and focus on one thing at a time your plan is more sustainable. Which means that you will see health improvements long-term rather than just short-term. For example, if you’re following a strict diet, sure you might see weight loss, but after a while you will probably become overwhelmed and unmotivated with your strict diet and end up regaining the weight you lost back & then some.

Consistency means:

  • When you have a meal outside your plan, you enjoy it, move on and make the next meal a nourishing one.
  • Finding a workout that you enjoy and starting off slow by gradually increasing the intensity of your workouts over time.
  • Setting 1-2 goals for yourself each week rather than trying to hit 3+ goals at once.
  • Focusing on eating foods that are nutritious while still being able to enjoy your favorite foods.

By being consistent and starting slow, you will start learning more about yourself, improve your relationship with food and exercise, and you will start seeing consistent results that you will be more likely to maintain because you are making the whole process more sustainable and enjoyable.

Are you ready to see long-term results? If so, stop trying to be perfect!

Remember: Consistent Progress > Perfection

Maryann Walsh, MFN, RD, CDE
Registered Dietitian/ Consultant