Many people want to change and have a true desire to become healthier but just don’t know where to start. To many, their ideal weight or health goal seems impossible so they don’t even make an effort. Some of the more “motivated” individuals go a few weeks strictly following an unrealistic diet or workout plan that only has them crashing and reverting to old ways.
“Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have—and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up.”— James Belasco and Ralph Stayer
Flight of the Buffalo (1994)
Why is change so hard for people? The majority of people who start something never finish it. I always thought it was because I didn’t have enough motivation. Sometimes I knew I was setting myself up for failure trying to take on too much at once, and other times, I didn’t realize it until after I had given up. Sometimes I wanted something, but quite frankly, wasn’t willing to make the effort for it.
Change is meant to be hard – I think it tests us to see how bad we really want something.
It’s important to be clear about WHY you want to change.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself when you are considering change:
- What are your health goals and are they realistic for YOU considering your lifestyle?
- What obstacles are standing in your way? If you’ve tried a new health plan or workout routine and it didn’t last, what happened?
- What do you fall back on when things get hard? Maybe it’s coffee, chocolate, chips or alcohol…. When do you reach for that crutch? Are you tired, upset, bored?
- What are the negative voices in your head telling you?
- Why do you really want this change? Is it really for you? Or is it for someone else? Is it because someone told you that you should?
Becoming aware of your thoughts and triggers is one of the first steps to change. Understanding yourself and being honest with yourself is another. Then setting up a realistic game plan for your lifestyle, not someone else’s is also another key to success.
When you become clear about why you want to change and break down your goals into small, actionable steps suddenly the impossible becomes possible.
You can do it, it is possible. You are strong, you are beautiful and you deserve to feel good. Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone could just tell us that everyday?! Well someone can – and it’s you!
Remove the negative voices, have a back up plan when things get tough and don’t compare yourself to someone else because we really are all biochemically unique. And remember, small changes make big results in the end.