The Details Don’t Matter… Action Does!


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The Details Don’t Matter… Action Does!

It’s super easy to get caught up in the details. How much water should I drink? How many calories do I eat? What type of protein is best? What time should I workout? And on and on and on…

Look… The details don’t matter. Really. They don’t. Unless you are an elite athlete, or a bodybuilder trying to get down to 3% bodyfat for a competition, you don’t need to worry about details.

Details tend to discourage people if you get off track. For example, let’s say your goal is to eat 2000 calories. At the end of the day, you count them up, and you’ve eaten 2200. For folks new to a healthy lifestyle, this fine-tuned attention to detail can put you in a funk, and maybe even cause you to regress.

I don’t pay attention to details. I haven’t since I started my journey towards living a healthy life. I don’t own a fitness tracker, and never will. Instead, I follow this approach which has not only worked well for me, but just about everyone I know that has lost weight and kept it off long-term

Instead, consider a different approach…

Don’t worry about tracking anything with fine detail. It takes too much time and attention from things that are more important. I’d rather you simply be aware of what you’re eating, drinking, and making sure you are active daily, doing something difficult, but that you enjoy.

Focus on consistency. Set a goal to eat healthy food daily, with reasonably sized portions. Drink water throughout the day. Set aside a time that you know you will get your workout in. For me, that’s in the afternoon when I can get away from work for an hour. Do this day in and day out for a couple of months, and it should become a habit.

Set realistic goals, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t reach them every time. Set a non-weight related goal. One that is challenging, but totally doable with some serious effort. For example, I knew that in high school, I was able to fit into size 36 jeans, so I set that as a goal once I was able to fit into size 42 jeans. Yes, I was that big…

For God’s sake, dump your stupid scale in the garbage where it belongs. Did I mention that I have a deep loathe for the scale? Frankly, I think the scale is about as useless as a member of the US congress. They are one indicator of health. One. But it holds so much emotional power. Especially over women. I’ve seen the power of the scale with women Wendy and I have coached to become healthier. When you first start out on getting healthy, you usually drop weight incredibly quickly, just to plateau, and frequently gain some weight back. How about a different approach. Don’t worry about your weight. Just follow the basics of eating healthy food, getting a good sweat in 30-45 minutes / day 5-6 days per week, and get 7-8 hours of sleep as often as you can. In the end, that’s what works for the long haul…

Final Thoughts

Don’t get caught up in getting everything just right. Toss the fitness tracker and the scale. Keep things super simple and consistent. That’s all you need to do. Just show up, put in the work, and eat right. That’s what is going to do it for the long-term!


About Todd

Todd Jamison, MBA is a former computer nerd and current business professor by day… The rest of the time, he’s a kid shuttler, wellness geek, wannabe chef, and human jungle gym for his daughters. Oh, and he loves personal finance… And BBQ. Tasty, wonderful, delicious, BBQ :)

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