This week, the reminder came in for my semi-annual dentist appointment. Interestingly enough, it got me thinking about fitness and fat loss… Today we will talk about fantastic teeth and fat loss.
Here’s a scenario for you…
You decide not to brush your teeth daily, but you make sure to get two cleanings per year from the hygienist. Additionally, you also get a check-in from the dentist during this appointment.
How do you suppose that’s going to work out for you?
I can’t imagine any dentist who would say that’s a good plan. They will all say that if you had to choose, you are better to do your daily work (brush & floss a couple of times per day) than get two major cleanings per year.
Now, doing both is clearly ideal. Because even with the best daily practice you’ll still benefit from that deeper cleaning you get at the dentist. Combine this with the insight and knowledge of trained professionals to highlight any issues and provide adjustments in your preventative care plan, and you are truly set up for success.
So, how does this relate to fitness and fat loss?
Fantastic teeth and fat loss don’t sound like they shouldn’t relate. However, how many people do you know who rarely exercise workouts 2-3x/week and fail to support their body with healthy food most of the time (this doesn’t need to be all of the time)?
Chances are, they are also the first to sign up for annual transformation challenges, detox programs, or to try out the latest fad diet?
Sound familiar? You bet!
How do you think that works out in the long run?
It’s no secret that the small, daily (seemingly mundane) habits that positively impact your health. They are always going to produce better results than trying to be “perfect” for 6 weeks or 21 days.
Now, if you can do both…you are well ahead of the curve! 🙂
IMPORTANT NOTE: You don’t have to be “perfect” during a challenge or detox to be successful. That’s just setting yourself up for failure.
The key is to have the mindset that these short-term events are there for motivation, acceleration, and inspiration in your longer-term plan. They shouldn’t be the only tool in your toolbox.
The tortoise and the hare story is a perfect analogy. Consistency always trumps intensity in the long run.
Simply focus on the things you have direct control over, are able to do most of the time, and that adds up to big changes over time.
This includes daily mobility and activity, exercise several days per week, drinking at least 100 ounces of water per day, and getting to bed on time.
These simple habits will serve you much better than going “all in” a couple of times per year and then reverting back to unsupportive habits for the remainder of the year.
Unfortunately, most people think that these things are either “too hard” to do. Or that they “aren’t dramatic enough to make a difference”.
Now you know (or have been reminded of) the truth!
The next step is up to you.
This brings me to one of my favorite quotes…
There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live. – The Dalai Lama
So, listen to the Lama…and make every “TODAY” count.
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