January is now in full swing as are everyones new years resolutions. We all start out with such great intentions, generally only to fall at the very first hurdle. So why do 90% of us fail, especially when trying to do something about our fitness/weight loss goals?
The main reason most of us fail, is simply because we try and do too much, too soon. This is a recipe for disaster, one that leaves us feeling flat (maybe fat as well), and so dejected that the very thought of ever trying it again makes you want to eat your body weight in ice-cream!
(this is where I want to guide you in the right direction)
First off the bat, you need to stop giving yourself such a hard time. I know this isn’t easy, because trust me, I am probably the worst person when it comes to beating myself up about something I did, or didn’t do. You are only human after all, no one is perfect (but i’m not far off ) ;), so don’t threat, you can pick yourself back up, and start again.
What I would like you to start doing, is give yourself a daily task/practice, one that you know you can stick to, and one that will make a positive impact on what ever it is you wish to achieve. The task doesn’t need to be life changing, take small steps, one at a time, just remember why you’re doing it in the first.
Once you have been doing this new thing every day for a week or two, unconsciously, then it’s time to think about what your next new task/practice can be. Keep it simple, keep it realistic.
Here are some of the things that I have personally done to make small, but effective changes to my health, and daily energy:
– Drink 3-4 litres of water every day
– Drink a pint of water with freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice every morning when I first wake up
– No more than 1-2 caffeinated drinks per day (I have recently taken caffeine out of my life altogether, and I feel so much better for it, the 2 day headache wasn’t so good!)
– No dairy
– Drink red wine only (and not very much of it I might add, and maybe the odd gin….)
– Sleep 7-9 hours every night
– Eat carbs only in my evening meal on weight training days only
– Protein at every meal
– Healthy fats at every meal
– Eat veggies at every meal
As you can see, none of these tasks are spectacular! What they are, is realistic, simple, they are sustainable, but most importantly, they have had a dramatic effect in every aspect of my life. My mood is better, my sleep is better, my health is better. Even my sex life is better (and it was already pretty damn good).
My point is this; don’t set yourself up to fail. You need to think of your lifestyle as a long-term project, and one that you will continuously look to improve the older (hopefully wiser) you get. All most of us want to do the best we can in our work, or relationships, and with our families. Why not have the same mentality when it comes to your health?
With improved health, comes better performance in every aspect of your life, simples!
Write down what it is you wish to achieve, and then start thinking about what’s needed to help you get there. Make a note on the fridge, leave a post-it-note on your desk at work. Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter, just make sure you’re constantly reminded of it every day.
Stay strong, live healthy, be happy!