Last point on this subject.
Set an event date for yourself.
For me theres always light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a competition date. I know once March 27th gets here, I’m going to be able to cut back and relax for a couple of weeks. American Kettlebell Club National Championships happen this weekend, so I’ve been training like a madman for 3 months now. But theres an end date, a time to recover coming up that sustains me.
If youre endlessly killing yourself in the gym on a punishing routine day after day, its going to wear you down eventually. So set yourself a date to hit an interim goal. Once you get there, go out and celebrate. Have a drink or a burger. Then, a few days later, you jump back in for the next segment.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you win a national title or lose those pounds? One bit at a time. Give yourself permission to sit back and appreciate all the work you’ve done every now and then.