So its a month since I made a pact with myself to change my lifestyle for the better. So far I have updated you on my journey once. You can read that post here.
There has been a shift in my mental attitude and that has been the biggest change for me. I am choosing to focus on how I am feeling rather than how I look or how much I weigh. (Don’t get me wrong I am keeping tabs on the scales and so far I have lost 7 pounds reducing my BMI from 29.4 to 27.4 ) these things are still really important to monitor progress, but the point is they are not the be-all-and-end-all to your progress. The scales don’t know how much effort you are putting in, whether you are eating right and how you feel. We shouldn’t give them so much power over us.
Tips to stay focussed on your journey
#1. Focus on the intrinsic motivators rather than extrinsic.
How you feel rather than what you weigh…
#2. Be your own best friend
You wouldn’t dream of telling a friend who has had a bad day, or eaten something ‘wrong’ that she is useless, weak and doomed to be fat forever! You would tell her not to worry, a lifestyle change doesn’t happen in a day, we are all human, no-one is perfect and take it as an opportunity to learn and move on in knowledge that the next time she will know how to handle the situation she found herself in today. Cut the self-abuse. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies.
#3. Visualise your goals
It is important to have something to work towards and remind us why we are making a change. For me I put together a set of images and mantras from Pinterest and put it as a screensaver to remind me of my path.
Ok so I said before not to get worked up by the scales, we still need to use them, just give them less of an importance. Set up a spreadsheet with your goals, interim goals and monitor your progress. Take your measurements and BMI. On days when you haven’t lost you can always check your measurements – just because you haven’t lost pounds doesn’t mean you haven’t toned up. Monitoring applies to your emotions also. Keep a journal. Highlight positives in your feelings and in your day.
Reward yourself for the positives and don’t dwell on the negatives. Set yourself mini-goals and when you reach them mark it somehow, and give yourself the praise you deserve for all your hard work and effort. Making changes isn’t easy and you should acknowledge that.
How do you create a new habit?