You see a health video, read a magazine article or watch a friend's transformation and it motivates you to want to make some changes for yourself. The tricky part is which changes should you make and how do you get them to stick?
1. Break it down
Instead of a broad "I want to lose 30 pounds" or "I'd like to eat healthier" break it down. Without getting specific you won't know which steps to take. Start with something like:
"I'd like to eat healthier lunches at work during the week"
Okay, what obstacles stand in your way?
"No time in the morning"
"I don't like boring salads"
I don't have the right storage containers"
Use dinner leftovers for lunch everyday.
Add plenty of vegetables to your meals so you don't have to eat a salad.
Buy glass containers wholesale or online.
See how breaking one small goal down makes it manageable and gives you the real solutions to the obstacles in your way?
2. Understand that you will start sliding back into old habits and that's okay.
Change in life is never perfect, and expecting yourself to be perfect isn't realistic. Sometimes life gets stressful and old coping mechanisms come creeping back in. The key to preventing old habits from taking full control again is awareness. When you notice old habits coming back, the sooner you break them and revert back to the healthy habit the better. Why? because the sooner you do it the easier it will be.
3. Write it down where you can see it
Have some chalk or dry erase boards up around your house with your goals written on them. Studies show people who don't write down their goals tend to fail easier than the ones who have them written out. Having them written where you can see them is all the better. It may sound like it doesn't make a difference, but it does. It's a visual reminder to keep going when it get tough.
Under each written goal, write a specific three-step plan on how you will achieve this goal.
For example, if your goal is to lose 15 pounds of weight in four months, you could write:
- I will go to the gym and lift weights three times per week.
- I will cut out sugar and junk foods
- I will drink fizzy drinks once per week.
Now you have a specific plan, or a roadmap that will lead you to your desired destination and achieving your goal.
4. Get a buddy!
Having a friend or group to motivate you improves your chances of making your goals stick. Accountability partners understand where you're at and where you want to be. Find someone who's serious about accomplishing the same or similar goals and get started.
5. Understand the root cause
Understanding why you haven't reached your goal already or what really is holding you back makes all the difference. Be honest with yourself and understand the reasons you're struggling to fit this goal into your life right now. I spoke about this earlier, but it's very important. Often times we use food as a coping mechanism for life stresses. Finding healthy ways to cope with stress can make it easier to be healthy long term.
Ready to Reach your goals?
30 Day Weight loss Program Starting Tuesday January 16th at Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic.
This program is perfect for you if:
- You often feel tired and sluggish.
- You suffer from brain fog more often than not.
- You often feel fatigued.
- You find yourself breaking out, having digestion issues, or being unable to sleep.
- You have an extra ten, twenty, thirty pounds or more that you just can’t seem to lose.
- You believe in the power of eating real food, and you’re up for the challenge.
Are you ready to take control of your health, lose those extra pounds, and finally feel great again? Let’s get started!