Analysis Paralysis – is it a thing?
Do you ever get so involved in researching something that you end up doing nothing? It is so common. You definitely are not alone. It happens to everyone. It’s such a thing. It’s so easy to just overthink things to death. Like me, when I research things to write about. Yeah, I definitely do it too.
You made the decision to change your nutrition. You made the decision to start moving more. You want to lose some body fat. Awesome. Then you go to the google machine and you type in how to lose weight. You get about a million hits. Wow! Who knew there was so much information about it. That’s the problem. You end up going down at least 20 rabbit holes looking for something that you feel will fit your lifestyle. You want to change, but now everything is so overwhelming, you don’t even know where to start. That is the definition of paralysis analysis. You are constantly wondering and overthinking about what to do.
So you do nothing. You do nothing until the urge to change your health starts again. This can be three months later, six months later or even years later. You lost the opportunity because of information overload. You start the cycle all over again. Another episode of paralysis analysis. What can you do? It can be so hard to know. It’s the overthinking and wondering if it’s the right program or the right thing for you. You get in a rut. It’s a self-made rut. Sorry, but it is. You keep going in this cycle. It’s time to break it. I definitely have the self-made rut when researching things, like I said above.
Here’s some tough love regarding analysis paralysis.
When this happens, you need to pick something. Because something is better than nothing. If you constantly get stuck, no matter what you start with, it is going to help. Nothing is perfect. Just pick one and start. Just start. It really is that simple. Nothing is going to be perfect. But, you need to pick one and get going. Don’t stay in the spinning your wheels mode.
There are so many things you can do to get started. I love keeping it simple and here are three things you can start with. You don’t need to do all of them. Pick one or pick them all. Whatever feels right for you is what you should do.
Here are a few things you can implement immediately, without feeling overwhelmed.
Say nice things to yourself. Your brain listens to what you tell yourself. And then YOU start believing what you tell yourself. It’s a vicious cycle and it needs to be broken. Every morning when you get up, look in the mirror and smile at yourself. When your actions are positive, your feelings become positive. I also saw a quote this morning about criticizing and basically not taking responsibility and doing what you want to get done.
“It’s easy to wish and hope. It’s easy to blame and complain. It’s easy to talk shit and criticize. What’s much harder is making scary decisions to become the person *you* want to be, to actualize the life of your dreams, to make the hard decisions when the rubber meets the road.” Jill Coleman
What do you think? Have you noticed that you talk crap to yourself? Have you been criticizing yourself? Break that cycle and start working on your relationship with yourself. Smile and be nice to yourself. Do this every day and pretty soon those crap talk episodes should get less and less often. Your mind is a good listener.
Emphasize protein at every meal. Protein is so important to preserving muscle. Protein also is very satiating, which means it keeps you fuller longer, so it helps reduce hunger when you are in a fat loss phase. Try to get 25-30 grams of protein at each meal. That could be a palm size portion of chicken or beef or whatever protein source you are using. You can also batch cook protein and have it on hand for a few days. Then when you get home from work and the last thing you want to do is to cook, warm up that protein and build your meal around it. Grab some vegetables and some rice or something else you like and make your meal simple, yet delicious. Simple is very underrated. You don’t need a party on a plate for every meal. When you choose simple, you are choosing progress. Find some different seasonings you like to spice up the flavor profile of your protein. Some examples of good protein sources are all meats, fish and shrimp. Plant based proteins include tofu, edamame, lentils and chickpeas. Other good dairy sources of protein include greek yogurt and cottage cheese. There are many, many quick grab and go packs of tuna and salmon. You can also grab from a multitude of jerky options.
Next up, try getting some movement in each day. Whether it be 5 minutes of walking or 10 minutes of walking. Just start. or if The benefits of moving are infinite. Especially as we age we want to keep moving so that we can chase grandkids around or so we can get up and down from the floor without putting our back out. Movement should be a non-negotiable. Walking is so underrated and is so good for overall health and wellness. Walking can improve your health almost immediately. Walking can increase your cardiovascular fitness and can help to strengthen your bones. Walking can boost your muscle power and endurance. Your circulation improves. You sleep better and it can make you happy!
Once you get some movement in, start to think about building some strength. Do some resistance exercises and make your body strong. Women who strength train feel more confident and capable as a result of their training. Strength training helps to build and then maintain muscle mass. As we age, we lose muscle mass. It sucks to think about what happens and how if we don’t keep up with training what can happen to our bodies. Keep it built up and age gracefully. Strength training also makes your joints stronger and is a great form of low impact cardio. Just try some deadlifts or squats and see how heavy you are breathing when you’re done. Strength training protects your bone health. This should be at the top of your list for adding strength training to your life. It supports the density of your bones, which in turn can lower your risk of osteoporosis. Strength training can improve your mood and your mental health as well. Truth.
These are just a few places you can start on your journey of change. You can do one or you can do all of them. If you get easily overwhelmed, pick one. Do it consistently for 30 days and see what you notice. Keep a journal, or write in your Notes app on your phone, but keep track of how you feel and what you notice. If you don’t track things, you can’t monitor things. It doesn’t work that way. It’s just like when you hear people tell others to just eat intuitively. Yeah, that’s good, at some point, but not at your beginning point. If you have never tracked your food, you don’t know what portions look like or what foods are protein, carbs or fat. It takes some time to learn this stuff and then that can graduate into eating without tracking or eating intuitively. Okay, back to my post.
If you don’t get easily overwhelmed, try them all. Keep data and see how you do. Try it for 30 days and see what happens. You won’t know until you try.
Changing can be hard and it can be confusing. But if you just pick something and get going you will be so far ahead of the curve. Pick something and get going. Kick the analysis paralysis to the curb and just get that start going. It does not matter what you pick. Pick it and get started. Get started and start seeing results. See results and here comes all that motivation. Keep going. Let me know what happens. I really want to hear about it.