It's Been A Bad Month...

That's what was uttered to me as soon as she walked in the door. 

"It's been a bad month, Doug, I think this is only my third workout of the month."

So, I asked...

"what have you been up to?"

"Well I spent 10 days on vacation, had a lot of fun, and really enjoyed myself."

I don't know about you, but that doesn't sound like a bad month to me. 

Since when does workout frequency determine how bad of a month life is?

Sure, she certainly can't expect a lot of progress in the form of physical results, but I'm sure she had a great time. 

I've written about how August is the hardest month in fitness, but quite often, it's one of the better months in our personal lives, especially if you live in Maine. 

The weather is good, maybe a vacation or two, the family is up visiting...hopefully life is pretty good. 

Then, once the kids go back to school, Labor Day passes, you buckle down and make some progress in your fitness and nutrition. 

Success in anything is never a straight line, and the dot of August 2018 in your line of life is so small in the grand scheme of things. 

I quite often tell people...

"We only have good days and great days, there are no bad days."

It's the same thing with this lesson. 

August was a great month for her, just not in fitness. 

That's cool, she got a ton of family time in, she recharged and enjoyed the beautiful Maine summer. 

Now, maybe we can go into "sprint mode" for September, October, and November, and then ease up a little through the holidays before cracking down again in January. 

So, it wasn't a bad month for her, it just wasn't a great month for workout frequency. 

That's fine. 

One last point...

Even if she only had one workout in August, she should be happy. 

The hardest thing about this stuff is to keep the ball rolling. 

Once the ball stops rolling, it gets harder and harder to get it moving again. 

What I mean is that even if you only get in one workout this month, that may keep the fire burning, and be the kick-start to your motivation this fall. 

Everything counts, we just don't want to put up a zero. 

It's not impossible, it just makes it harder to get back. 

Keep showing up. 

Every small action counts. 

There are no bad months. 

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling