Just One Thing

I know plenty of  “all or nothing” kind of people. Either they do something flat out, 100%, no if's and or buts, or you don’t do it at all. 

Often they get knocked off track – because they're not perfect – they can get aggravated and just throw in the towel.

Sometimes, if everything isn’t perfect from the get go, if all the ducks don't line up in a row right from the start, It never gets off the ground!

So why am I telling you all this?

Because based on my experience with hundreds of clients, there are a lot of you that are a lot like people I already know.

Mulling over in your head all the reason’s why you can’t, which in turn paralyzes you into taking any action at all.

In the arena of diet and nutrition I see this all the time, and my goal is to help you break out of that cycle. We can talk all day long about what your ideal nutrition plan might look like, but then a dangerous thing happens – you start thinking about it, and your mind begins creating all these scenarios and “what if’s” of why it can’t or won’t work.

Here’s what I want you to do to break out of that cycle.


I don’t want you to worry about doing everything right – right now.

Choose just one thing you can do every day and build off that.

  • Not eating breakfast unless it is fast food? Start with one day of sipping a protein shake or having leftovers for breakfast. You could even stop at a sit down restaurant but order your food to go.
  • Vegetables never pass your lips? Add them to just one meal every day for a week.
  • Drinking to many of you calories?  Make sure you drink one cup of water before each meal. 

Then build off that success. It might look like this:

  • Add a protein to your breakfast (eggs, ham, cottage cheese) every day for a week.
  • Eat vegetable at two meals, every day for a week.
  • Leave the starchy foods off the last of your three meals of the day, every day for a week.

Follow that pattern consistently, and pretty soon you have made a significant change into both your habits and how you look and feel!

Here’s a summary of what I have learned from that applies to you …

  • Don’t wait for perfection to get started
  • Don’t expect everything to go perfectly once you have started
  • Don’t try to do everything at once
  • Be Accountable

So let’s hear it. In the comment box below tell me Just One Thing you are going to start doing today.

To Your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

About the author

Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.

Jennie - March 14, 2018

I’ve put this on the front of the refrigerator – so I’ll focus. This week I will “Leave the starchy foods off the last of your three meals of the day, every day for a week.”

    Coach Nancy - March 19, 2018

    Jennie, How is that skill of leaving those starchy foods off your last meal of the day?

Elizabeth Sargent - March 19, 2018

I am going to only eat grapefruit or drink water after 8 p.m.

    Coach Nancy - March 19, 2018

    How did this go Elizabeth the first couple of days?

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