What is THE ONE biggest mistakes I see people make again and again on their journey towards health, balanced eating and better habits?
Being too motivated. Rushing in. Changing all the things in one go. A complete lifestyle overhaul. The new meal plan. The crash diet. Long gym sessions after never working out. Yes, a complete clean slate might work for some people, but for a very extreme few. For most, too many changes at once are impossible to maintain and are unrealistic in the long term.
Motivation is something that is there in spades one day and a fart in the wind the next - poof. This sets people up for failure because we overhaul while high on motivation and full of vigour, the next thing you know the motivation is gone and the new Netflix series and some crunchy salty sweet snacks are hard to resist.
Do you only have two eating modes? Eating broccoli and chicken breasts for every meal or eating everything delicious you can see.
Tell me if this sounds familiar, an unflattering photo triggered you and now you are on a warpath to lose that muffin top once and for all. Monday is going great, you are full of motivation, hunger has nothing on you. You prep all your meals and schedule some gruelling hours in the gym. New week, new you. You subsist on salads and air because if you cut your energy intake way back then the results will be way faster right? Then you trip and fall face first into the birthday cake in the office break room and boom. You feel like a failure with a capital F. The diet is off. Pizza, wine and ice cream for every meal into infinity.
Motivation is the same, it makes us jump in head first and pile our plate with all of the changes we want to make. But we only have so much capacity for change in our day to day lives, so what follows is that we can’t stick to the unrealistic expectations we set for ourselves and usually end up feeling worse in the process after we pull the plug on all of those great new intentions.
My big advice here is take it slow! Good things take time. Slow weight loss is the most sustainable. Small lifestyle changes over a longer period of time are the most likely to stick. Build a plan for yourself that is so simple you can’t fail, success is your only option.
Set yourself up for success. Where to start?
Go slow and implement 1 or 2 changes a week. Add an extra serve of vegetables to your lunch and dinner for a few weeks. Add more walking into your week after that. Increase your protein intake after that. And so on and so forth. But go slow! Don’t sign up for a punishing boot camp or detox or crash diet that promises those hard to sustain overnight results.
Tell me, what small change can you implement this week? What new habits do you hope to have in 5-10 years time?
If you need help with a sustainable plan, what to focus on first and where to start please get in touch, I would love to work with you!