Most of the clients I work with believe making healthy changes is going to be extremely difficult and unpleasant. They assume they don’t have enough self-discipline, they won’t be able to stick with what they think will be a strict, tasteless, restrictive diet, not only in order to lose weight but in order to resolve health issues and just be healthier overall.
Let’s be honest, isn’t that really what we all want? We all want to be healthy, have energy, be pain-free, able to live our lives comfortably, achieve our goals and enjoy our families.
Now if you do have some habits like smoking or drinking more than occasionally or overeating or regularly consuming things you know are not good for you like fast food or sugary sodas or specialty coffee drinks – yes, you will have to make the decision to phase them out. It’s as simple and difficult as that. But getting some help in doing that can make all the difference.
However, thinking you have to make big, drastic changes and never have another glass of wine or piece of cake is not only unrealistic, it’s unnecessary! I approach healthy habits in a slightly different way. You must realize that even a moderately healthy lifestyle confers huge benefits! That means you don’t have to do it all perfectly, which is a good thing since none of us does! And you also don’t have to feel deprived.
All my coaching is based on taking baby steps. I always work with people to consistently and gradually make small, incremental changes. Those baby steps add up to success more quickly and much more easily than you might imagine. I think the bottom line is that you not only need to have a very compelling reason why you want to make changes but also a positive mind-set about how you will achieve them.
If you begin your New Year’s diet with the thought in your mind that it’s going to be awful, you’ll just have to grit your teeth and stick with it long enough to lose x-number of pounds and then you can go back to eating “good food” again – well you’ll shoot yourself in the foot before you even begin!
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be restrictive, tasteless, boring or hard! Getting help in restructuring your diet in a way that will help you achieve your goal, whether it is losing weight or getting blood sugar balanced will make all the difference. But also changing your mind and realizing you are learning a new normal that will become second nature the more consistently you practice it will be what propels you to long-term success.
So instead of quitting before you even begin (which is what happens to way too many people), instead of getting overwhelmed, why not reach out and get some assistance in making this your healthiest year ever!
How do you plan to make this your healthiest year ever?
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