The main idea that drives this blog is that efficiency is the only goal that makes logical sense in health and fitness, or anything, really, for that matter.
(Which is the opposite of a “health and fitness lifestyle,” because efficiency implies one spending as absolutely little of their life’s time and energy on health and fitness as possible.)
That said, figuring out how to create an efficient system that conduces your desired result with the bare effective minimum effort takes a markedly increased initial effort. If you want the system to work optimally, you’ve got to put in the prerequisite thought and planning – and perhaps a little trial and error – to make it so.
This is important to understand, because initiating health and fitness effort is already particularly hard on it’s own – it takes extra energy to push an object from rest and get it moving.
My point is that you might feel overwhelmed at the outset: Not only do you have to get used to expending effort on diet and training, but you have to get used to expending effort on thinking about how to expend effort on diet and training. You do a lot of work… to do as little work as possible, and it seems ironic and hypocritical or maybe outright nonsensical.
Which is why I’m writing this post, to explain that the increased initial effort is neither ironic nor hypocritical because it’s temporary. If you do the extra work now to make the system work efficiently, and perhaps do intermittent bouts of extra work to adjust the system and keep it working efficiently, the overall amount of work you do will be less.
Having said that… a PSA to those getting started, or restarted:
If it feels overwhelming, perhaps insurmountable, understand that the first two to three weeks are the hardest part of the process. Once you iron out the new system and get into the groove of an automatic routine, it gets way easier. Forever.
So just stick with it. I don’t believe in “getting” motivated much, but one great and underrated aspect of motivation is that it can give you huge temporary bursts of energy. Not long enough to be reliable for the long run, but certainly long enough to fuel you through that initial effort.
And once that’s completed, you’ll have figured out efficiency that feels automated. You’ll realize that it’s easy enough that you don’t need motivation to keep sticking with it.
I assure you: it’s a great feeling, a liberating and major relief.