Making Changes That Last
Anyone who wishes to bring more joy, ease, and health into their life and the lives of others is a stellar human being in my book. However, I understand all too well that good intentions don’t always translate into long-lasting habits. The transitions we make along the way can be bumpy and filled with limiting beliefs and “all-or-nothing” thinking. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. I got your back and we’ll work on this together.
Start Small. So let’s say you’ve decided to “eat healthier.” Rather than trying to change every single meal and snack at once—because that’s at least 21 changes in your first week alone—start slowly. Making one change is hard enough. Choose a goal that sounds realistic, like adding a cup of vegetables at dinner. This not only helps you ease into a new habit, but also builds your confidence that this new positive change is doable. As you become more confident in your dinnertime veggie intake, then start tossing in a cup of vegetables at lunch, then eventually breakfast. One-by-one, you’ll get there in a much more sustainable and relaxed way.
Small Corrections. You’re cruising along on your new positive change and you miss a workout or didn’t get any veg in at dinner. It's cool. Our life isn't a typewriter. We don't have to throw it all away or start over just because we made a small typo. Instead, course correct along the way. Ask yourself, “what do I need to make this change successful?” Maybe it's a walking buddy or scheduling time to meal prep. Whatever comes to mind, practice it. Keep what works and course correct as needed.
Make It Enjoyable. Let’s face it: there are things in life that feel like a drag. But what if that thing is part of your new positive habit? Rather than fight it, how can you make it more enjoyable? For example, you want to “eat healthier,” but you don’t like to cook. How can you make cooking more enjoyable? Could you play music or watch a movie while you cook? Or schedule weekly meal prep/cooking time with a friend? You may not jump for joy at the thought of doing it, but any little improvement is worthwhile.
I’d love to hear from you. Please comment below or send me an email with your positive change and how you're going to start small and make it enjoyable. Also, if you’d like support around developing a personalized nutrition and exercise program to help you feel your best, send me an email and let’s work together!
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With love, Steph