You know you should exercise more, right? You know that you should eat better, right? You know you know this… but sometimes, o.k., most of the time it is hard to change. Why do we resist change so much.
Well, for me, it is as simple as one thing… my comfort zone. I don’t want to change because it HURTS!!!! Physically and mentally.
According to Amy Brooks, L.P.T.A., A.T.R.-B.C., Licensed Behaviorist at the Baptist Nutrition Center, “Making healthy changes is hard work, and many people struggle with turning their good intentions into actions.” (Quoted from the Baptist Health Systems Healthsourse newsletter)
So, here are my tips to making healthy changes happen: (BTW- you can apply these to LOTS of different goals)
1. Get educated- the more you know… the easier it will be. Follow this blog for healthy tips, tricks and maybe something funny about weight loss and change.. Cut through all the clutter that is out there. Even if you don’t regularly read this, there is a lot of good info available right at your fingertips.
2. Join a team- By this, I don’t mean that you have to play flag football. I mean, get some folks around you that have similar goals—- or at the very least want to stay healthy. These may be people you already know or they may be new friends… just start working on it WITH someone else.
3. Keep a journal- especially a food journal. I talk to people time and time again that say… “I NEVER knew how much I was eating”… and this is true.
4. Take baby steps- it is impossible to run a marathon the first day out there training… but if you work hard… walk– then run… you can train for it in less than a year. Break your goals into small bite-size pieces!!
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”- Jim Rohn
So, a couple years ago, I was in this weight loss contest/event/reality show. You can check it out here. It was the People Magazine Weight Loss Challenge. And I won the damn thing!!! The way I did this was really three fold.
1. I had a real tough trainer. Former NFL player- bad-ass.
2. I committed to eating right… right portions, right foods.
3. The trainer had me in a GROUP exercise setting. I had help from all the people in that group. I ended up losing more weight than anyone else in the program… they were not in groups.
So, this past week, I was talking to one of the people that has become a good friend of mine through this process. She started her weight loss trip (SO TIRED OF THE WORD JOURNEY) not long after I started. I was asking her what she felt like was the difference this time around. You see, she told me that she had tried to lose weight several times (just like I had).
She told me that the difference was having a mentor… or a group of mentors that helped her. Now… I was one of the mentors, and I can say from my experience, that it was just as valuable to be a mentor as it was to have one. It was great to have those people to lead, but it was great to have them push us along as well.
So, in order to be successful, at least from our (my friend’s and my) perspective- it is good to help others- this way you can help yourself.
So, find a mentor- find a group of people to work out with, to try to accomplish any goal with. Get some support. We all need our friends- you can help some and be helped by others!
We live by encouragement and die without it; slowly, sadly and angrily- Actress Celeste Holm