There are those times when we are consistent and persistent with a good habit, and positive results aka success, elude us. This may be the case with your health and fitness, your work, and your life.
What then? What next? Do you revert back to an old way of thinking and doing? Do you get depressed and eat an entire bag of chips or carton of ice cream?
Sometimes. Sometimes, we simply feel like giving up and wallowing in our misery. Then, suddenly, we hear that little voice that says, “Wait! Keep going. Have faith and keep moving forward.”
And so it goes—the rollercoaster of life.
If you’re feeling like eating the chips or ice cream, WAIT! Here are some tips to help you not commit dietary suicide in 15 minutes or less. In other words, here is your HOPE.
*If you’ve been following a solid routine of exercise and eating nutritionally sound and are not seeing results on the scale, remember that time is necessary for your body to shift. Is there another way to measure the benefits of your new routine? Has energy, blood pressure, sleep quality, mood, self-esteem, attitude, ANYTHING improved? I’d bet big money that SOMETHING is better. And kudos for eating foods that are higher in nutrition and moving your body. Success in every way.
*Look back on how you were doing with your program two, three or six months ago. What’s gotten easier? What’s a habit now, that wasn’t then? Don’t act like it’s no big deal that you used to eat two vegetables a day and now you eat three. This is progress!
*Let’s say you spent a weekend binging on food, drink and non-activity and feel downright crummy. Do the next right thing. Drink a glass of water, take a walk, eat a spinach salad (even if you have to get it from the grocery salad bar), roast a big pan of vegetables for a snack, call your friend to meet you at Zumba, schedule your workout plan for the week ahead then do ten push-ups. Do the next right thing.
*Remember this is about progression, not perfection. We all have days, even weeks, that come apart at the seams from time to time. Wallow for 5 minutes, then listen to your favorite music that lifts your mood and shifts your attitude. Change your state. Movement helps immensely!
*Set up a time to have a free chat with me. Sometimes all it takes is another perspective to get you headed in the right direction. Here’s the deal: you tell me the “elephant” in your life that is keeping you stuck and I’ll help you get out from under his really big foot. This is what my research and coaching session is about. My curious mind wants to know: What is your elephant?
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“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” –Corrie Ten Boom