Patience you must have, my young Padawan
We can’t stress this enough. There is overwhelming evidence that small, incremental change is the best way for a habit to stick in the long run.
We know it’s hard. When the motivational spurs hit, all we want to do is go full force. We start doing hour-long HIIT workouts every day, thinking that it’s the quickest way to get in shape. I can keep this up, we tell ourselves. It usually goes a little like this.
Day 1: Crushed it.
Day 2: Can’t wait to be ripped.
Day 3: Exhausted but it’s only day 3, let’s go!
Day 4: Drags self to mat.
Day 5: Only 85 more days of P90X!
Day 6: Motivation as dry as the Sahara.
Day 7: Back to eating Cheetos on the couch.