Slow and steady changes are always best when it comes to changing your lifestyle. Getting consistent with the things you’re doing right, and not over whelming yourself at the start is really important. A lot of the time, when we meet a client initially, they want to do everything straight away. This is type of attitude is brilliant, but one that can lead to failure if you do too much too soon, and make too many changes too soon. Sounds simple, but taking things nice and slow is absolutely critical to your success.
So with these 7 habits below, best you implement them one at a time, and only move on to the next one, when you feel you’ve established the previous one.
Ditch the weighing scales
I can’t say this enough. I wish they were banned. I’ve seen so many clients ruin their progress over this. GET OFF THE SCALES. Muscle weighs more than fat. Your body is so unique and different. BMI doesn’t work, the Tanita machines are brutal. Honestly, all you need is a pair of jeans that you want to fit back into, and you’re good. A measuring tape works great too, but get off those scales. They’re not needed, they do nothing for your mindset, and you’re more than just a number.
When a client tells us they’ve given them up, we consider that a huge breakthrough in their journey.
Track your food BEFORE you eat
Planning your week ahead is so much better than tracking what you’ve eaten in a day. Use your food diary to plan your week, and stick to it as much as you can. Planning your food isn’t just a weight loss thing, most healthy people I know, plan their week in advance, when they do their weekly food shop. We encourage all of our clients to do their food shop on a Friday for the week ahead, and get everything in that shop! Healthy snacks, all your meals, your weekend treats, it’s a real game changer.
Schedule your workouts.
Rather than waking up with no real plan, know when you’re going to workout, what you’re going to be doing and the exact time. Stick to it, try not to over-think it, just turn up and get it done. Your chances of success are so much higher when you schedule in your sessions. All our clients do this, and it’s one of the reasons they’re so consistent!
Get an accountability partner
Rather than rely on your own willpower and motivation, when you get support and accountability, you don’t have to worry about being in the mood. This is one of the biggest ‘secrets’ to success. You can say no to yourself, but when you’ve made a commitment to a coach or a friend? Your much more like to show up if it’s not just you you’re letting down. This is really powerful and can help so so much when the last thing you want to do is get your workout gear on.
Close the kitchen
Do you have a habit of going into the kitchen for a browse at night? It can be a great idea to have a few rules around this. Giving yourself a 12 hour break from food is brilliant, so work at closing the kitchen after a certain time. Or maybe decide dinner will be the last thing you eat. Whatever works for you, make a rule, and start to implement it into your life and routine. Getting all the family on board with this works really well with some of our clients.
Surround yourself with healthy things
Podcasts, friends you’ve met in your gym, surround yourself with healthy things that will only serve to motivate and encourage you even more!
Keep your goals visible at all times
Read and re-read every days. Goals are no use in your laptop stored away, or in your notebook. Get them out on the wall and read them all the time, at least 3 times per day.
I hope this helps, leave a comment below.
To your success,