Change Your Mind, Change Your Body
As a Therapist, Nutritionist and Fitness Professional, I often get asked why it’s so hard to stick with making healthier choices both in food and fitness. Seems like we can all manage the new behaviors for the short term, right? It’s the long term change that seems so elusive. Between now and February 9th, I’d like to share some tips/tools/encouragement/support as you embark on 2013 and the hopeful changes you have planned.
Tip#1: attitude is everything – which is what this photo is all about. If you go into lifestyle change without first getting ready to make change, you are most likely going to fail. What does it mean to get ready? Ok – this is another thing I see often as I work with people’s change process. They know where they are now and where they want to be, but really have no specific idea of how to get there. And, I do mean specific idea. They have vague generalities. For example: I want to lose 20 lbs in 4 months. Great! The plan: eat less, exercise more or don’t eat carbs….something like that. Not bad – but, what do you do with each and every moment of each and every day between now and the 4 months from now? That’s where I see people slip, slide and fall. For example, what do you do when 1. You didn’t get the grocery store that week? 2. kids are home sick? 3. work deadlines? 4. going out to eat with friends? 5. you just don’t feel like trying any more? etc, etc, etc. These are the specifics, the details of our daily lives that derail us from eating well and exercising every single day = consistency = success!
So, I leave you with getting ready – really ready to make these fantastic changes you want to see. And, keep me posted!