There is so much information in the health and fitness world that it really is no wonder that so many believe it is hard and complicated and just down right achievable.
There are many rules that are said that have to be followed. There are certain foods that we are to eat and certain exercises that we are to do in order to lose weight and get toned up. We have to work out a certain amount of times a week for a certain length of time. We can eat this and not eat that. We can drink this but not drink that.
I could go on and on about this but I think that you get my point. It’s complicated, hard, exhausting, and can actually feel somewhat miserable as well. Totally get it. Just writing all of this makes my mind spin a thousand different ways.
When I first started out on my own health and fitness journey I began counting calories. I downloaded the myfitnesspal app and I tracked everything I ate. I didn’t change my food at first, I was just watching my portions and worked to hit the target calorie count each day. Once that just wasn’t working any longer I then began to count my macros. So I weighed and measured my food and focused more on the quality of foods I was eating. Then I switched to working to eating intuitively and listening to my body. Then I worked on eating certain foods in moderation in conjunction with eating healthy.
I went from working out for 10 minutes a day to 2 hours every day. Then I worked out at home and did workout dvds and chose to do 30 minutes 7 days a week.
This is just a small snippet of my own journey but the point I want to make is that i would follow program after program. I would follow what other people said for me to follow and what was working for them. And while each plan did give me some progress at the time I followed it, it still felt really hard and complicated. I often wondered if I was doing enough and doing it right. I would feel awful if I skipped a workout or didn’t eat a healthy meal at one point.
I thought at the time that the problem was me. But it really wasn’t. The problem lies in the fact that it feels as though we have to do all of the things at one time. It’s a feeling that I have personally had, and also what I have personally seen within my own clients.
We all tend to think we have to do all of it right now in order to lose weight. But that really isn’t true. We have to remember that we are working on changing years and years of habits that we did consistently in order to gain the weight. And just because we make the decision to change our life and make it a healthier one doesn’t mean it is all going to happen right now.
We showed up every day doing the same habits consistently that led us to the weight gain, so we have to show up every day doing the same habits consistently that are going to help us lose the weight.
It’s the same formula, just reversed to get a different result.
And it has to be simplified; meaning that it has to be ridiculously simple and feel easy to us. It has to be attainable and fit within our life instead of us fitting our life around it.
The only way this is going to really work and stick is if we work to build a plan that fits within our unique life and lifestyle. And since we are all so different and come from different places and experiences, that is going to look somewhat different for each and every single one of us.
So how do we work to do this? We pick ONE THING. And then show up each day and do that one thing for an entire month. I promise that by the end of that month we aren’t even going to be thinking about it. We will just automatically do it because we have created a habit.
There are many different things that we can choose. Sometimes my clients choose drinking water every single day. Some choose to eat a serving of veggies every day. Others just work to get movement in their daily life and not spend so much time on the couch.
There really is no right or wrong choice here. The power lies in the fact that we can have control over what we are choosing to do. While we like to be told what to do in this area, we also like to feel like we have control and are also making a choice. And because we like to see the steps in print and fully wrap our minds around what we need to do, here is how to simplify nutrition to make it stick and actually lose weight for good.
Step 1: Pick ONE healthy habit to do every single day (like drink water, eat veggies, eat protein, etc).
Step 2: Show up every single day and perform that ONE task. Write it down to track your progress on a notebook or calendar!
Step 3: At the end of the month take a look at your notebook or calendar and see how well you did!
Seriously that is it. Just 3 steps to get you going on your goals! I promise you will be so focused on showing up every day to do your task that the weight is going to just come off on it’s on!
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