Fitmark Ambassador Alycia Darby shares some great examples on how to set yourself up for change and succeed on a daily basis
Change is not easy. If it were, we would all be movers and shakers instead of stay-in-the-same-placers. For you to be successful at changing your body, you must create space in your mind and life to prepare for the necessary changes. Here are a few habits you could start to create to set yourself up for success:
- Prepare for your workout the day/night before. Lay out your clothes, socks, shoes, sweat towel, and water bottle so it’s ready to grab and go.
- Schedule your workouts for the week. Make time to workout at least 5 days/week – then, allow yourself one “missed” workout to allow room for flexibility, but not two missed workouts!
- Write down your workouts: what did you do, how far did you run, how heavy did you lift and how did it feel. This will help you track your progress.
- Create new habits. Mentally, we are habitual animals so if you are used to loading up your plate and going back for seconds, it will be hard to break this habit. Instead, try creating new habits instead. You’ll have to shop in a new section of the grocery store, you may have to learn how to like vegetables, you’ll have to cook in new ways, and you’ll have to adjust your tastes. You are creating new habits in your life that will ultimately benefit you for the rest of your LIFE! If you create positive habits now, you will continue with these healthy habits forever. It is possible and absolutely worth it!
- Be ready to answer (or sidestep) questions. It’s likely the people around you will notice that your habits have changed and may beg you to go back to your old habits. They do this because change is hard for them, too. But that’s not your concern. Your concern is getting a better body! When I began eating so often, I brought all my meals to the office and had to go to the bathroom every hour because I was drinking so much water. I definitely teased for the sudden change in habits, but I just ignored it and didn’t give up. The good news was that because I stuck with it, in about 2 weeks my body began to change and their remarks could be countered with, “I’m getting a better body and that’s why I’m not afraid of change.” It was sad how other people’s jealousy can be hurtful, but I’ve continued eating clean, exercising, and have since surrounded myself with like-minded people and we are mutually supportive of healthy habits. Remember: this is a permanent improvement, not a quick fix. Stick with it and you’ll be smiling everywhere you go!
Fitmark Ambassador 2014