Last week we talked about the “New Years Resolution” that, for most of us, does not stick.
The reason being, we try to do too much all at once. We think that because we have the energy and drive at the beginning it will stick this time.
So, what is the key to keeping your resolution, or any lifestyle change.
What is the key to make permanent changes?
The key is not to do too much all at once.
For example, if you have decided to start exercising and eating right start out small. Yes, your drive may be telling you that you can do more but most likely you will burn out. This is especially true if you have not exercised for a long time or at all.
Start out by giving yourself an achievable goal that you can build on. Dedicate 3 days a week to exercising and do not starve your body. And work your way up from there. If you have never exercised before start small, maybe just walking.
Or, if you can afford it, get a trainer a few days a week to help you. It can be very intimidating to go to the gym and not know exactly what to do.
So, if you are exercising by yourself, make a plan. Write our exactly what you are going to do. That way you are focused on that and not trying to figure out what to do. Or seeing what others can do. Because that can be discouraging.
Diets are usually not ever a good idea. “Eating Clean” is a good rule to follow. Diets are for a short amount of time and though you may lose weight while on the diet, you will probably gain once you are off of it.
Meal prep can also be a good way to stay on track. Dedicate one day a week to have your meals ready. This makes it harder to “cheat”. But do allow yourself a cheat meal once a week. Completely depriving yourself will make it harder to stay on track.
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