When you feel like your own worst enemy: How to use the 5 R's to overcome self-sabotage

Try following the 5Rs to help you bust out of the self-sabotage cycle!
Coach Lily
June 20, 2023
When you feel like your own worst enemy: How to use the 5 R's to overcome self-sabotage

Have you ever felt like you're your own worst enemy when it comes to achieving your health and fitness goals?


The good intentions are there… but the follow-through? Not so much.


Some examples:

If any of those scenarios ring true for you, you are NOT alone.


Almost ALL of us sabotage ourselves at some point or another. We skip workouts, eat food that is counterproductive  to our goals, don’t get enough sleep, or even go out “socializing” with our friends one to many times during the week…


So how do you bust out of the self-sabotage cycle?


Try following the 5Rs:


1. RECOGNIZE when it’s happening. Get to know your patterns. 


Are there times when it’s more likely to happen than others? Have you gotten into some unproductive habits, like nighttime snacking?

Try to look at these patterns without judging them – imagine you’re conducting a study on yourself and gathering evidence. 

2. Get to the ROOT CAUSE of why it’s happening. This is a big one, and your answers may change over time. 

Some possibles: 

When you know WHY it’s happening, it can give you powerful info that will help you overcome it in the future.

3. RESET your goals into small, achievable benchmarks you know you can reach. 

On a practical level, this will..

a). help break the self-sabotage cycle and 

b.). help you build confidence and motivation 

4. REACH OUT to an accountability partner or coach. They can help you create goals that set you up for SUCCESS (vs. overreaching) and gain real traction.

5. REMEMBER that setbacks are opportunities to learn what works for you (and what doesn’t!).

Focus on progress, not perfection! 

Struggling to be “perfect” won’t help you move closer to your goals – in fact, it can move you farther away from them.

If you’re struggling to create a plan that is sustainable or need help staying accountable, our team of coaches can help. Book a No Sweat Intro to see exactly what the process looks like for you and if it’s the right fit for your goals.

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