We’ve all wished, at some point, that we could achieve a new health goal or start a new weight loss plan. But then it never happens. It seems like everyone else can juice daily, or get up and exercise at 6 am, or practice some other admirable habit… But after trying for a week some of us just can’t keep it up.
Well first of all, “everyone else” probably isn’t as successful as we think. Comparing ourselves to others is almost never a healthy habit, because what people say and what they do are often not the same thing! So don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t gotten into the swing of your new habit. But these tips can help you commit to it.
Define the goal. Something like “eat healthier” is pretty vague, right? What does that mean, exactly? Relatively speaking, some people could add one spinach leaf to their daily diet and call it “healthier”, but that’s probably not what you mean!
Set very clear, defined goals. This tells you what to expect of yourself, and it’s harder to fool yourself and think you’re meeting the goal when you’re actually not.
Start small, and gradually build. Most people can’t make an abrupt, dramatic change. But they can make small, manageable changes over time. So instead of forcing yourself out of bed at 5 am to run a few miles, get up thirty minutes early and go for a walk. You can gradually demand more of yourself as you grow accustomed to your new habit.
Schedule it. It’s easy to promise yourself you’ll do something “sometime tomorrow”, but much harder to actually work that into your schedule on the fly. Schedule your new habit just like you schedule other important obligations – because it is important.
Tell someone. Tell a friend or family member about your plans. Now that it’s not a secret, you will feel more accountable to follow through.
Make a plan for obstacles. You know there will be obstacles, so go ahead and plan for them. Decide how you will handle surprises or temptations, and set yourself up for success.
If you need help instituting a new healthy habit, give us a call. We can help you with nutritional advice for a weight loss plan, screen you for healthy exercise limits, and more.