In my last blog post I addressed finding your why in life so that you always have that intrinsic motivation to accomplish your goals no matter what they are. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, I suggest you read that first!
Your world is in a constant state of change (day turns to night, the seasons are rotating) and yet we try to fight that change. We feel trapped in our own bodies, our lives, our jobs, and even our own homes. I am here to tell you that you can break out of your old life and it’s easier than you might think!
We become entrenched in habit, doing the same things day in and day out. This makes it difficult to create new habits or accomplish our goals. In reality you are just making excuses so that you don’t have to change.
- Change takes effort.
- Change can be scary.
- Change is an unknown.
Let’s get More Concrete
Breaking away from our daily routine and creating new habits takes effort. Some say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Regardless of how long it takes, there are a few keys to take into account.
- Some habits can be created at a certain time or place: After eating dinner you always take your kids for a walk around the block to help with digestion. Soon you will find this thought pop into your head automatically after dinner, thus a new habit is formed.
- Find your cues: Instead of binge snacking when the kids have gone to bed, listen to your body. Are you hungry? Bored? Tired? Stressed?
- Replace bad habits with new habits: Because it is harder to stop doing a bad habit, focus on creating a positive habit in it’s place. In step 2 you learned to listen for your cues, so now you can substitute in a positive habit in place of the previous habit. When you want to binge snack at night while watching Netflix, instead you can replace that with a relaxing bath to relieve stress…
When we are making big lifestyle changes it can be scary and unknown things can happen. Those unknown things can be positive things too. You start feeling more confident in your own body, you make new friends, you learn new skills. Helping you identify these goals and implement small changes is what Health Coaching is all about.What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? Click To Tweet
Need help making these changes in you daily life? Contact me for a consult.
Like many of you, after having my baby one of my goals is to get my body back and start fitting into my clothes again. In order to accomplish this I joined a terraFit team (I am actually coaching the team), which is a 12 week healthy eating and exercise program designed to help you create healthy habits to last a lifetime.
If you would like to participate on one of my teams in an upcoming challenge: CONTACT ME HERE.
Exercise is a key component in this program and is part of your schedule 5 days a week. I have heard many excuses about why this is hard.
- “I am busy/don’t have time in my day.”
- “My body hurts from yesterday.”
- “I don’t like to exercise.”
- “I was going to do it, but something came up.”
- The list goes on…
These are Bullshit excuses created by your mind to keep you from changing. If something is important enough you will make time for it in your day. Yes, exercise hurts, you are building a stronger more flexible body. Or maybe you haven’t found the right exercise for you yet. Stop making these Bullshit excuses. Revisit your WHY and if you truly want something in life, GO OUT THERE AND GET IT!
- “I just can’t get that many veggie servings in a day.”
- “I don’t have time to cook.”
- “Every week someone brings (donuts/pastry/fried food) to work and I can’t help myself.”
- “You want me to drink how much water?”
These are all EXCUSES not to accomplish the goals you set out at the beginning. I am not saying that you have to be perfect, but stop making excuses for why you can’t get something done. Identify it, give yourself permission to accomplish your dreams, and set your daily habits to back up that goal.
We have conditioned ourselves with many years of failed New Year’s Resolutions that change is too hard to actually accomplish. Stop making excuses and GET SHIT DONE!
So…I ask you…What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?
Continue reading Part 3: Self Sabotage here.