I'm also working on perceiving my fitness as "exercise" instead of "training." When I "train," I often run through injury, rest too infrequently, and cut calories. "Training" also feels more finite, as in preparations for a race. "Exercise" feels more sustainable and more fluid - if my knee is sore today, I will swim instead of running speedwork.
Am I the only one that has to play little mind tricks to keep myself out of trouble? Even though I know the tricks are self-imposed, it's often enough to trigger my brain into making the right decision.
A couple of tricks that I play on myself:
- Burying ice cream in the freezer so I have to dig it out.
- Putting my phone inside my running shoes so I have to grab the shoe to turn off the alarm; good for those tough morning runs.
- Only keeping snacks in my office that require a little bit of prep, like oats. A Luna bar in my desk drawer will disappear immediately.
- Blogging. Even though there is no concrete accountability (no people will knock on my door if I skip a workout), I still feel like they will.
Do you have any tricks that help you stick to healthy habits?