Have you ever had the thought, “I totally know what to do to lose the weight…it’s just too hard, and I don’t want to”

 

We’ve all thought the at one time or another.

 

We don’t have a lack of knowledge problem…we have a lack of application problem.

 

The reason being, we’ve bought in to the all-or-nothing mindset.

 

What if it doesn’t have to be like that?

 

See, to be the new you, the one who is healthy and at your goal, you will have to practice different habits than the same ones you do today.

 

Most people I know, especially this time of year, pack together with some friends and start a 30 day challenge type of routine. Changing diets radically, doing excess gym work-outs, only to be thinking in their heads, “boy I can’t wait for this to be over so I can have beer again”….or pizza, or ice cream.

 

How would it be different if you just picked one small thing that you could commit to…for 7 days straight. Like committing to a 15 minute walk 3 days per week? Or drinking 64 oz of water every day for a week? Or parking a little bit further from the entrances of buildings you are going to? Planning your meals for the next day 24 hours in advance?

 

All really doable things. And if you get to the end of the week and you have accomplished your goal, you start strengthening you habit of following through for yourself.

 

Week 2 may simply be a repeat of week 1, or you could add another bite-sized component.

 

The idea is to build the habit of following through on the promises you made to yourself. Build trust in yourself. Build new healthy habits in a rationale fashion.

 

It’s the act of committing to yourself, instead of quitting on yourself.

If your really honestly want to be a healthy version of you, the best way to get there is to build a series of good habits over time. Just like the journey of a 1,000 steps, or eating an elephant, or getting through one semester at a time when you were in college.

 

If you knew that you would definitely reach your destination, would you care that it took you 6 months? or 12 months?

C’mon, sure it would be great to wave a magic wand and instantly be there, but you gave up believing in fairy tales a long time ago.

 

You’ve done the all-or-nothing routine before. It doesn’t work. At the end of the year you always end up in the same exact place you started.

 

Aren’t you ready for the grown up version??

 

I would love to know what you are taking as you first step. Hit Reply and tell me your commitment to yourself this week.