So you have decided to give yourself a reboot and you want to start living a healthy lifestyle… Well, that’s great! How are you going to start implementing healthy changes?
“I just joined a gym and I am going to go every day except Sunday’s, I threw out all of the bad food from my pantry and I have decided to eat totally raw and plant-based for the next 6 months”.
STOP!! I have seen too many people go down this road and it rarely ever works out for the best.
Getting excited about changing your lifestyle is amazing and I support this 100%. The important thing to remember is that we are all human and perfection does not exist. So why should we strive for perfection, only to be let down? Whenever I am working with a new client I always stress the importance of making small changes daily, as this is the best way to make a BIG impact.
When you focus on small changes every day, you are not bogged down by the guilt of missing a gym session or not having the healthiest of dinners when out with your friends. Instead, you are celebrating your small victories. You cut down the amount of coffee you usually drink? Hurray! You made all your lunches this week? You made two lunches this week when you normally don't make any? Hurray! The small changes made every day will begin to become your habits. Once you have the habit of making your own lunches, reducing the amount of coffee or alcohol or chips in your diet, and finding some time for self-care, then we can move forward to making even more changes every day.
As I begin to work with a new client I see our work together to be a journey. It is not a one-stop shop where I give you all the advice I could possibly think of to help you reach your goals and then walk away. This method is simply unrealistic and my goal is to help you reach your goals.
So if you are thinking to yourself that you want to start living a healthier lifestyle then all the power to you! You have everything you need to make this a reality. My advice is to listen to your body and be nice to yourself. Health is all about balance. Finding you own balance will take some time and work but I promise you that it will be completely worth it in the end.
My top 3 tools to keep you on track to reach your goals:
1) Share your goals with a close friend – this creates accountability and you are more likely to follow through to reach your goals
2) Start a journal – write down what went well every day and what could use some improvements. You will be surprised to find how your days will begin to mirror each other and it will be easy to pinpoint where to focus your efforts
3) Try a new recipe every week – most people shy away from the kitchen, which results in a dependence on freezer meals or other less-healthy alternatives. Getting in the kitchen at least once a week to try a new recipe will increase your confidence and kitchen skills as well as provide you with a nourishing meal