We all do it, get super motivated at the beginning of a new year and set countless resolutions, most of which are health/fitness oriented. But sadly within a few weeks most of us fall off the wagon and abandon these well-intentioned goals.
Why? Why does this keep happening to us?
In most cases I find that the problem is most people go into it trying to over-hall everything! They try to add in 7 hours of workouts per week. They over hall their diet leaving no room for indulgences. Essentially, they try to live a life that for the vast majority of people is not realistic or sustainable.
Think of it this way – you have a person who has never swam before and they jump head first off the high dive into 20 feet of water. Yes; a select few may just be able to wing it and swim but then the rest of us will probably drown! The same goes for weight-loss and changing our habits.
Instead of diving off the deep end, here is the alternative and realistic way to make lasting changes and take strides towards achieving your goals for the long term.
1. Pick one thing to change – JUST ONE!
I always suggest that clients pick something small and somewhat easy. This is because I don’t want them to become overwhelmed with too much. Lets be honest; when things are hard we don’t follow through and for most of us we have so much going on in terms of work, family and everything in between. I don’t want this change to uproot their entire existence! Some great things to pick could be; drink light beer instead of regular, take the stairs instead of the elevator, drink lemon water in the morning.
2. Set small attainable goals.
When you have a large goal, let’s say lose 50lbs, that can be quite daunting. Instead break that goal up into smaller chunks. This will ensure you stay motivated week after week!
3. Replace your reward.
Most of the things that curbside our health and fitness goals are ‘rewards’ we give ourselves. Some might reward themselves with a glass of wine or a bowl of icecream, while others may reward themselves by skipping a workout. We need to feel that we are getting something for all our hard work especially when the results aren’t immediate on the scale. I like to suggest that clients create a reward chart for small milestones and for sticking to their new healthy habit. Some great examples are; when you lose 5lbs treat yourself to a pedicure. Or if you hit the gym 3 days this week then you can download 3 new songs on iTunes. It may sound silly but for many people this strategy works.
4. Be okay with setbacks.
Setbacks are bound to happen, its life! But what you do when it is over is what really matters. So you went out and ate, ate, and ate some more! Instead of feeling guilty and giving up on your goals simply be thankful for the tasty meal you had drink lots of water and go to bed knowing that tomorrow is a new day. Or if you missed your workouts for a few days, again stop with the guilt! Be appreciative that you had some time to yourself and get back on track the next morning.
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