Why is living a healthy lifestyle so consistently difficult? What is the difference between you and your favorite Instagram athlete, the Jillian Michaels and Kris Carr’s of the world? What is their secret?
Here’s a hint: It’s not as hard as you think. It is not necessary to be at the gym for hours a day, to never have your favorite “bad foods” again, or to have all of your meals consist of freshly squeezed kale and broccoli juice. What it does take is consistency.
Why is consistency so difficult? We like what we are accustomed to. We are comfortable with what we know. Change is difficult, scary, and uncomfortable. The initial phase of a new diet, lifestyle habit, or way of living can get old quickly if you do not learn to love the process and keep in the forefront of your mind your WHY. The “Why are you are doing this?” Keeping your WHY front of mind even when you aren’t seeing results can be the difference between attaining your beach body and scrambling to be ready by Memorial Day Weekend. This will be your motivation even when you’re having a horrible day and reaching for a bag of cookies or opening a bottle of wine is the much more desirable and easier option.
Here are 3 tips that will help you keep the course in order to achieve your desired result…
#1. Be realistic with your goals and deadlines.
Time and again, I see people who do not work out aiming to be at the gym 6 days a week. They ultimately get burnt out after week 3, and then do not return till next January. STOP the madness! Set realistic goals for yourself, goals you can stick with. If you don’t currently exercise, look at what days and times work best for you. Make the commitment that you will be at the gym those specific days/times for one hour. Remember, set a specific day and time NOT a handful of times and days. I’ve noticed that a lack of specificity usually leads to anxiety and procrastination. If 7am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays is what works best for you, set this in your calendar and let everyone know you will be unavailable during those times. Remember, your goals should always be realistic but a step outside your comfort zone.
If you are not prepared, you will fail. It is impossible to have a career, significant other, a house to tend to, a full time job and possibly children, and NOT have a clear plan of how you are reaching your health and fitness goals. Map out which times of days you will be organizing, preparing food, going to the gym, picking the kids up from daycare and cleaning the house Now I know this sounds like a lot of work, but organizing your day will help you stay on track and in the long run, alleviate a lot stress! I suggest mapping out your days a week in advance and fine tuning everything the night before. The more you do this the more efficient you will become!
#3. Build a healthy relationship with food and your body.
People, we are in 2016! There is no such thing as a cheat day anymore. Starving yourself all week long, only to consume a small house on Sunday is so 10 years ago! I know back then, this was considered healthy, and the best way to lose weight but nowadays, we know better. That thinking is a step towards emotional eating and having a destructive relationship with food. Not to mention you will never lose your belly fat. If you want to have a slice of pizza, go for it. But make sure it fits into your macros/calories for the day. Sit down and enjoy your slice. Stop when you are full. Don’t go back for your 3rd and 4th helpings. Its just food, not your last meal. Recite that to yourself every time you are losing your nerves or it just tastes so good, you just can’t stop!
I hope you find these tips to be helpful in your quest for the energy, body and mindset that you desire. Remember take it day by day. Don’t get overwhelmed. And when thinking about how far you have to go, remember how far you’ve already come.
About Kerin Briscese
Kerin Briscese is owner of HauteFitness Health. Kerin has helped hundreds of clients lose weight by building a healthier lifestyle. Kerin is a graduate of The French Culinary Institute, Institute of Integrative Nutrition, NASM certified and Resonance Repatterining Practitioner.