Introducing healthy habits and changing your approach to food doesn’t have to be difficult or a horrible experience. If done properly it actually can seem like you aren’t doing enough! Especially if you are used to dieting. Whenever people ask me what the main healthy habit they should introduce is, I always find it hard to answer. This isn’t the right question! What they should really be asking is what is the first habit they should start with based on their own lifestyle. What does their healthy blueprint look like?
The habits you introduce and the order to introduce them vary for everyone.
The figuring out of this process is the biggest challenge for people who want to stop dieting, but want to make changes. Where do you start? How do you begin?
It starts with knowing exactly in great detail where you are right now, and where you want to get to exactly. Interestingly people always say something like “I want to be a size 4 and be able to wear skinny jeans” but when I work with clients the most important thing I get them to do is decide how they want their life to feel once all these habits have been introduced.
If your answer is that you want to be able to enjoy all the foods you love and find a type of exercise to suit you, then where we start from isn’t by cutting out all your favourite foods and embarking on a punishing fitness regieme.
That wouldn’t create the life you want and therefore you would never stick to it!
When it comes to figuring out where to start from, you have to assess where you are exactly at the moment. If you drink a litre of coke every night, watch Netflix all day and only eat ready meals then where you start is going to be very different from someone who mostly eats well but doesn’t move enough. The priorities are different so the changes are different.
You have to start where you are in order to get to where you want to go.
The important thing is to create your healthy lifestyle based on your own social and cultural values, your likes and dislikes, your abilities and goals. It must fit within your own priorities, time constraints, physical and mental barriers to change. All these things have to come into play and be factored into your future plan in order for it to work.
Obviously when it comes to priorities and time constraints there will likely be some shuffling and tweaking to make space for your new priorities, but if you know that they will work for you then it is much easier to make space for them.
Creating a blueprint for where you want to get to is key to your success and knowing where you are starting from will help you to get there much faster.
Imagine getting into your car to start a journey. You don’t know where you are going but luckily you have a map! You also don’t know where you are right now on the map so you don’t know where to begin! How successful would that journey be?
It is the same thing when you are creating your lifestyle plan for success!
Today’s takeaway is to consider where exactly you want to go, find where you are right now and then plan your route!
Where are you on your journey?
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