The end of August means getting back into routines. Packing my lunch and breakfast. – check! Pre-tracking my food for tomorrow – check! Laying out my workout and work clothes – check! Scheduling my morning (5:15 am) spin class – check! It means early bedtimes, and planning ahead. Even though this summer has been hard, I will miss it.
I am so grateful that I’ve been able to put so many good habits into place. The habits are the muscle that keeps the lifestyle going. Having a better understanding of how habits work is helping me. Now I don’t feel defective when I sense the tug of old habits. Old habits never die, but they can get crowded out by new ones. I picture that in my mind and it helps. The secret sauce for habits – beliefs. You have to believe that what you are doing will work – then it works! Strange that it’s that simple, but it’s true.
Back in December, I had this epiphany about beliefs and that’s when I really turned the corner. I remember it because it was very profound, it was like a lightbulb went off in my mind. I began to really believe I could do this and then I never looked back.
If you want to lose weight, begin by:
- understanding why you want to lose weight – is your “why” compelling?
- changing one habit, for example, tracking your food intake.
- finding an activity that is enjoyable – you’ll be happier.
- setting small goals, and find some time to reflect.
- getting a community of like-minded others to help you along the way (I’m in!).
DAY 27: Tune out. Shut your phone off give yourself a social media vacation. Don’t answer emails or texts right away.
To be honest, this not one that would be helping me to care for me right now. However, I do understand the intention.