Are You Ready for Real Change?
Yes!! I’m ready for real change. (Body straightens up, shoulders back and down, chin up). Let’s do this…tomorrow. (Body slumps down).
Why is it so difficult to make sustainable change?
Did you know our bodies are hard wired to resist change? It takes energy to break out of the patterns that have become so easy, our habits if you will. Habits are life on auto pilot.
Do you remember when you first learned how to drive a car? How many things did you have to think about? Checking speed, checking mirrors, shifting (well, some of us learned on a manual), feet on the pedals, which one brakes, which moves us forward…it’s a lot to think about. After you’ve been driving for a few years, how much time does it take to think about it? Not much because you instinctively now know what to do. The bottom part of your brain has taken over and it’s habitual now.
So, forming habits is all about learning. Not learning like knowing the right thing to do. Most of us know the right things to do. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, eat lean meats and whole grains. Easy, right? Well, if it were easy we’d all be doing it. What has made it so tough?
Advertising for one – they make foods that are bad for you look so tempting. Sugar for another – it’s more addictive than cocaine and it’s hidden in so much of our food. Processed foods – they are so quick and convenient. There are many culprits out there that have misguided our habits and way of eating.
So, what’s a girl (or guy for that matter) to do??
- Let’s start by believing. You can achieve what you believe. If you don’t believe you can do it, it will never happen. Surround yourself with others who believe in you. The more they positively influence you, the more you’ll believe in yourself. Stop the negative self-talk and be as kind to yourself as you would be to your best friend.
- Next, we focus on small changes. Many of us have heard it takes 21 days to create a habit. Well, maybe. Some habits take 21 days, some will take less time and some will take more time. The bigger the change, the longer it will take to make it part of your everyday life. Start with something small and build on that, like the snowball effect. If you need more water, start by drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning. Do it every day until it becomes a habit. Need more vegetables, start with one a day, build from there.
- Reward yourself for the successes, however small they may seem. Even just an “atta girl!” is a boost in your confidence. The larger the achievement the larger the reward.
Understand there will be set-backs. It’s part of life. Don’t sweat it! Accept that it will happen, but plan for it, so when it does, you don’t fall back into the same bad behaviors. Get up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward.
Books have been written on this, so I could go on for a very long time. But if you will start here you’ll be off to a good start. If you need help, contact us at HomeFit. We can help you get on a path to a happier healthier you!