You want to create healthier habits?
You want to move more or start a workout program?
You want to improve your diet to include more nourishing food?
What is holding you back?
- Setting goals
- Feeling excited and motivated
- Going all in with a rigid diet and exercise routine
- Losing momentum when it's difficult to maintain
- Skipping a few days... or weeks
- Giving up completely
- Feeling like a failure
- Finding a new and better diet and exercise plan
- Start over
The media would have us believe there is always a new, easy to use product or diet that has been designed to solve our problems delivering effortless, amazing results FAST!
We all know this is rubbish.
Regardless of how great a product may be, if you aren't able to follow through and commit to the process you are never going to achieve results. If a diet or exercise program is too rigid to sustain long term you are setting yourself up for failure.
Creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle does not happen overnight. It can be a slow process and it requires determination and stick-to-it-ness. You have to be committed to yourself, your health, and your lifestyle.
Finding methods that works for you is important. Instead of taking an all-or-nothing approach and completely overhauling your diet, schedule, and daily habits, start small and focus on developing one skill or habit until it becomes second nature. When you are confident that you can maintain that habit, expand to new habits!
The all-or-nothing approach rarely works. Too many drastic changes at one time can become overwhelming. Focusing on a few key actions or habits is more manageable and sustainable. When you are able to consistently complete a task, no matter how small, over time this consistency can make a huge impact.
One method that works for me is focusing on 3 or 4 non-negotiable keystone habits that help keep you on track. These will be your daily or weekly priorities, or your "first focus".
My keystone habits include:
- Workout a minimum of 4 times per week
- Stay hydrated
- Eat veggies a minimum of 2 meals a day
- Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep
Your keystone habits could also include:
- Eating protein at every meal
- Walking a specific distance or number of steps daily
- Not skipping breakfast
- Hitting your macro-nutrient goals
Start with 1 or 2 actions that will help best maintain your healthy lifestyle goals and make those your first focus. As you begin to master those add in 1 or 2 more. Keeping your goals small and simple is the best way to prevent overwhelm and create self-confidence in your ability to maintain healthy habits for life.
Simple isn't always easy. You still have to show up and make the effort to accomplish your keystone habits. By simplifying your approach you can reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with making lifestyle changes. Once you start to see success from your efforts and you get a few "wins" under your belt your confidence in your ability to sustain these new habits grows feeding your motivation to stay the course.