Ready to make a change? I watch so many people spinning their tires – paralysis by analysis, and never getting anywhere. But the change you’re seeking is simple, and truly at your fingertips.
Pick 1-2 small easy changes, the only criteria is that it has to be doable 90% of the time forever!
Examples for someone new to exercise/healthy lifestyle:
- 15-20 min walk daily
- Attending an appropriate fitness class 2-3x/week
- Eating more vegetables with every meal
- Drinking more water and reducing caloric beverages
Examples for someone who’s already doing many of these things:
- Adding something you are not already doing to your fitness routine: strength training, cardio etc
- Increasing the time spent exercising
- Adding mobility/recovery work
- Increasing protein/veg with every meal, reducing processed foods
Examples for someone already living a very healthy lifestyle:
- Set specific goals around performance (5 pullups, 5k in 25 min, squat your body weight 5x, etc)
- Create a logical plan to reach the goal (and bring in professionals as required to help!)
- Count your macronutrients and tweak to get the right amount of calories and the proper balance of protein/fat/carb
Once you’ve decided, and let’s face it . . . that is the easy part, now you have to COMMIT. That’s going to mean different things for different people.
How do you commit? Create lasting routines with built-in accountability.
ROUTINE: Most people find that doing something a little bit every day (or every weekday) is easier than doing it 2-3 times a week, because that allows you to skip today and do tomorrow instead… over and over. Pick something small and make it a daily, or a nearly daily habit.
Let’s use the example of exercising first thing in the morning. You’ll need workout clothes, water, and a place to do your workout. Put the workout clothes on right when you wake up, maybe even lay them out the night before. Do the same with your workout space, and your water.
Set yourself up for SUCCESS!
What is one of the biggest reasons we skip a morning workout? A bad night’s sleep!
Set a reminder to get to bed early. Do all things that set you up for a good night’s sleep. For me, that means an early-ish dinner, no red wine, and reducing screen time by 830.
ACCOUNTABILITY: Most people, including me, need help with this piece. Here are some suggestions on how you can find a way to hold yourself accountable.
- Hire a personal trainer
- Join a program with built in accountability
- Find a friend who can be your accountability buddy
- Join a facebook group of people who motivate each other
Some of these options require a financial investment. Imagine yourself in 30 years if you DON’T commit and execute, now imagine your life if you do. This is an investment into your retirement just as much as contributing to your RRSPs.
A huge part of the commitment piece is to get clear on the plan, and how to set yourself up for success. This means having a plan to overcome all the potential obstacles, and how to stay accountable. When you have all of these pieces in order, the rest is easy.
Now all you have to do is execute!
If you’re having difficulty with the execution part, I would highly recommend hiring a coach. That person can help you with your plan, and is your built-in accountability. Remember, if it was easy – everyone would be super fit. But it’s not. Needing help is okay!
If you are having a hard time with DECIDE, COMMIT, EXECUTE – hit me up for a free consult. I would love to help you decide on a plan that you can commit to, and make sure you are able to execute.