Getting stuck. I know it’s an easy trap to fall into. It’s starts with one excuse you can’t BE/DO/HAVE ______(fill in the blank). And then you find another excuse, and another, and soon you’re just plain stuck. Stuck in a thought pattern that isn’t serving you, keeping you stuck in THIS place of fear, where you truly believe you won’t be able to get out of.
So today, I’d like to offer you some reassurance. Start with taking a nice deep breath, and just relax for a moment. I want to reassure you about your ‘stuck-ness’, about your health/lifestyle and set you up for success on your journey to living better. The fastest way to stop making excuses and get unstuck, and finally change your fitness/health and habits, is by taking BABY STEPS.
That’s right. Taking shortcuts or extreme measures will only set you back. So take my expert advice and follow my golden rule of baby steps to a healthier you. When you take small and easy steps, it feels EASY. Easy is easy, and that’s something you could use in your life, right?
Raise your hand if I’m right please;)
Do you set health goals and then abandon them 2 weeks later?
You want to make changes but feel overwhelmed by where to start and how to make those changes permanent?
Are you ready to get unstuck and become healthy and confident?
We make such lofty goals for ourselves and then feel guilty when we don’t live up to those ideals we set for ourselves. Instead of trying to change everything at once, take one small step each day to succeed at making those changes permanent.
For example, if you’d like to eat better perhaps your weekly goal would be to include a large salad with your lunch each day. Or perhaps drinking an extra 2 cups of water per day. You need to make the step so easy it almost seems silly. That way you set yourself up for success instead of failure, which will keep you motivated to continue onto your next small step to a healthier and more confident you.
Once you feel your small step has become a habit, then you can move on to your next small step. And so on and so on. Whether your health goal is to exercise 5 times a week or eat a balanced diet, sleep better, or have a better outlook on life, this applies to everyone.
Write down the BIGGEST health issue that is keeping you up at night right now.
For example – Making exercises a priority. And now, set a weekly goal for that chosen health issue. For example, I will exercise 3 times a week for 30 minutes at home doing_________(fill in the blank). After following that weekly goal, continue with that same step for 3 more weeks. After 4 weeks, once that weekly goal has becomes a habit, move onto the next health goal you want to focus on. Once you follow that step for 4 weeks, move on to your next goal. AND, there are no rules. If you want to follow your first goal for 4 weeks, or 8 weeks, before you add in another goal. That’s great! Make sure the first goal becomes a habit before you move onto the next goal. You’re building a solid foundation.
And please remember to be patient with yourself, and your health goals. The slow and steady changes feel easier, which typically means you’ll be more successful, in keeping those changes a part of your lifestyle! Becoming healthier and feeling better will feel like a positive and easy experience, which it is. Just keep your goals simple and make them fun! You’re going to feel better guaranteed, so there is no need to be fearful of it. And when you live healthy, you’re inspiring others around you to live healthier too, and that is a powerful icing on the cake!
Write down the ONE health goal you’re going to focus on first?