Get Out of Your Own Way
What would your new message sound like? Instead of listening to the mind chatter of “I can’t do that” or "I have no control over my cravings" or "I can't lose weight in menopause," how about playing a new message that says “I can do this and I’m going to make a plan and work towards it."
We can shift our mindset, set a new goals, make a new plan, listen to a new message, form new habits, and soon you’ll believe it and feel more empowered. When you notice your resolve waning or the doubt tries to creep back in, think about your motivating word or phrase.
Speak to yourself as if you were talking to your best friend. How can you be more kind, more loving and more encouraging to yourself?
When we take control of our mindset amazing things can happen!
Create Small Goals
For example: If you have a goal to lose 50 pounds, that feels quite overwhelming and sometimes, it can also feel impossible to reach that goal. Does it seem possible to lose 5 pounds? Okay, great, that’s a start. It’s very doable to lose 5 pounds in 1 month, so focus on that for now. 5 pounds per month will have you at your goal in under a year. That seems less daunting and will set you up so that you keep the weight off, instead of losing the weight quickly in an unsustainable way.
Celebrate your success as you meet each mini goal along the way!
In a previous blog post, I go more into detail about SMART goal setting and I share some ideas on how to set specific goals.
Remove The Fear
Just start somewhere. It’s easy to have ‘paralysis by analysis’ and not take action until we have the ‘perfect plan’. Yes, I’ve been guilty of this, so I know how much it can hold us back. I’m a recovering perfectionist.
It feels much better to be able to move forward with things knowing that it’s all a process, It feels good to know that we don’t have to be perfect right out of the gate.
If you think you will succeed, you will find a way. If you keep telling yourself you’ll fail, you will find a way to fail. Why not speak to yourself in a kind way, encourage yourself forgive yourself, knowing that you don’t have to be perfect. Just keep going.
We all have bad days when sometimes we get off track. Things happen. Life happens. Just know it’s okay – dust yourself off, get back on track. We all veer off track at times; it’s part of life. The key is not judging yourself and finding your way back.
"The day I decided I was ready for change, I allowed my whole being to embrace the idea. My brain took control over my body, my doubts and fears. It became my time to take care of myself without judgment. I made myself my first priority and never looked back. My whole world changed as my body transformed. I am strong, healthy, focused and feel better than I have in years. Changing my mindset changed my life!" - Sheila (Health Coach Cheryl client testimonial)
Change Your Mindset, Change Your Habits
Think about what you want, what you really, truly want for your life. Start implementing the habits, no matter how small, that will move you in that direction. Just start with ONE. That one habit can be the start of big changes. You may just be surprised. Write the one habit down in several places so you’ll see it as a reminder.
As we are making adjustments in our thoughts and in our lifestyle and food choices it is helpful to take it one day at a time perhaps even one meal and one snack at a time. We can make the best choices for each meal and each snack and if we have a not so good day we can always start fresh each day. I don't believe in an all or nothing approach. When I first began implementing nutrients swaps into my recipes and snacks it was a very gradual approach as I learned about new superfoods, low glycemic options of various ingredients I would swap out ingredients in recipes. All of these little changes created a huge shift in my health, energy level and body composition.
Creating a positive mindset and a healthy lifestyle is much easier when we surround ourselves with like minded people that will support and encourage us along the way. That is one of the greatest benefits of having a health coach and being part of a health community.
A Step In The Right Direction
There is no time like the present to make some shifts in our mindset and work towards achieving our goals.
If you are ready to make some changes regarding your health and don't know where to start, I am here to help!
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