One overarching principle I’m aiming at imparting (to anyone that listens) is this – changes must to reasonable!
Pretty much everyone attending fitness facilities are looking at changing something. Be it strength, size, skills, eating habits, exercise habits; change is on the agenda.
However, big drastic changes fail, every time. Being told exactly what to do fails. Being given a diet sheet with one weeks worth of eating, fails! Going full-hog at training then blowing a gasket, fails.
Making small, gradual changes to important issues that hold value does work, providing that you consider it a reasonable change. If you can see the value of stopping drinking a sugary drink like a coke for example for even 95% of the time, you will value its positive impact on weight control. Not having to compensate for the huge amount of empty, non-nutritional calories makes your efforts a lot easier.
If however this change seems unreasonable, then there is absolutely no purpose in perusing it – it will fail.
With consideration to eating habits (maybe a food diary will come in handy), identify one poor habit. There could be more than one, there probably are to be honest, but take just one that you consider changeable. This could be like the example above or even something small like sugar added to your coffee.
Take this one habit and consider how to change it for a healthier option.
This has to be a reasonable change, don’t forget this.
How you change it is up to you but strive to reduce the serving, choose an alternative with less sugar, a different food stuff or even stop it if it’s really an unnecessary snack.
The kind of poor eating habits that hinder weight control could include one or more of these:
- late night sugary snacks
- staying up late in the first place. Sleeping is a great weight control tool
- added sugar to tea and coffee
- cordials and fruit juices
- crumbed fish or chicken
- piling your plate up just because your partner has
- processed foods
- not eating after exercise
- grocery shopping on an empty stomach or when hungry
- buying unnecessary foods…. Just stop that right now and you’ll more than likely see change very quickly
- heavily refined cooking oils
The list could go on, but can see how many of these are common sense issue.
To repeat, don’t go mad with lots of changes; totally ‘own’ changing one poor habit at a time into a healthy habit. Making a commitment for even one week might allow you to really appreciate the change. If not, at least you gave it a go and maybe on another occasion you’ll succeed. Take another issue, work on it but don’t stress and beat yourself up, you’re not alone, just stay reasonable with yourself.
Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.