You want to change, you want to do “healthy things” like eat well and exercise.
I bet you’ve even tried lots of times before and maybe had some success, but you reverted back to your old ways.
You think to yourself ” I don’t understand it. I really want this, and I’m motivated, but I just can’t make a permanent change.”
Okay, let’s forget about the past and try this.
- Make up your mind that this is going to be the last time you lose 30#, or whatever your goal is, and that you are in it for the long haul. And if you are in this for the long haul, as in forever, than it shouldn’t matter if you don’t lose 50# in three months.
- Get a simple, small win. James Clear, a guy who writes a ton about habits and making your life better, talks about doing something that seems really, really small so you can get a win under your belt.
For instance, if you want to start flossing your teeth regularly (you really should do that) than floss one tooth today and move on with your day. Yep, that small.
Remember, you are in this for the long haul, so don’t go all Type A on me 😉
- Modify (or piggy-back) something you are already doing. Do you eat breakfast now? Add a few hardboiled eggs or turkey bacon to get the protein in that meal.
Do you stretch first thing in the morning? Add some breathing exercises.
Do you walk after dinner? Along the way, stop and do some squats or lunges or push-ups against a tree.
Do you prep vegetables for dinner? Cook even more so you can have them at breakfast or lunch, too.
- Finally, celebrate your successes. Again, no matter how small the “win” is…celebrate it with a little “Woo Hoo”, “I did great”, a little happy dance or whatever.
This is what most people DON’T do.
These little positive parties and self talk give your brain a hit of dopamine. Your brain likes pleasure so you are retraining your brain when you celebrate. Don’t skip this step!
Hopefully, this helps you realize that you CAN change your behavior and give you some ways to get started.