New Year’s resolutions have come and gone for most. And now with summer right around the corner, we are saying those all-too-familiar phrases we were proclaiming just a couple of months ago….’I am going on a diet and will lose weight!’ Well, guess what?
Diets are for quitters!
That’s why Personal Trainer Food is focused on helping you change your habits to set you up for long-term success.
It’s true that it isn’t easy to change ingrained habits like driving to nearby locations instead of walking, or reaching for a doughnut instead of an apple. However, gradually working toward change improves your odds of success. And instead of creating short term success from dieting, you are creating new habits with Personal Trainer food, which can lead to being your new way of life.
Here are some helpful tips on creating habits for success:
What is your motivation?
It can be a goal, a feeling, and a belief. It has to be something so strong that will outweigh all the temptations of instant gratification. Will accountability keep you motivated? Will the satisfaction of reaching your goals keep you motivated? Whatever it may be: write it down, ask a friend to hold you accountable, hang that new dress up where you can see it every day.
Keep track of your goals.
Nothing is better than seeing your progress on paper! Even the ones that is as simple as only drinking 1 diet soda per day instead of 3. Seeing it with a huge check mark next to it can bring a great feeling of accomplishment. Celebrate the little victories, too.
Recruit members for your cheer squad!
Maybe it’s your spouse, neighbor, or even your friend seeking the same success as yourself. Having someone to bounce ideas off, go to when you make be tempted to go back to old habits, or just give you praise can help you see this through to your new life of healthy habits.
Remember that you are human.
There will be those days when you might not be able to say no to that old habit. You will be angry and frustrated. And that’s OK! Don’t beat yourself up over your mistakes.
I think it’s great that our culture values success and having high expectations, but we should also value making mistakes and practicing self-forgiveness. They go hand in hand. If you don’t practice self-forgiveness, seeds of guilt and shame can become trapped in your subconscious to keep you from moving forward.
Give yourself a sincere apology, accept that apology from yourself, and then start fresh the next day.