In this article I’ll tell you how to get the self-belief you’ll need if you want to lead a healthier and fitter lifestyle.
Losing some weight and getting a bit fitter is something most of us probably want to do, most of the time. We all know that leading a healthier lifestyle will mean we live longer and maybe avoid all the well-publicised and unpleasant side effects that may result from NOT being fit and healthy.
Many people perceive that there’s a one-stop solution to good health – just go on a diet, lose some weight and the problem is solved.
However, the reality is that the problem is much more complex than this…and there are many more inter-connecting and influencing factors. The weight you are, and the process of losing weight, are actually just a by-product of how you lead your life, rather than what you just put in your mouth. If you change your regular habits and routines surrounding eating and activity and make them “healthier”, then you probably won’t have to worry about your weight ever again…and that would be a great place to be!
The most crucial part of this “change” process, is YOU and your self-belief. If you don’t actually believe you can make the necessary changes, then you won’t…full stop.
That’s why so many people on diets fail…at the end of the day, they just don’t really believe they can do it.
There are two main steps to doing this.
The first is to try and identify any negative beliefs you may have because if you start off feeling negative, then you’re probably doomed to failure. The good news is that it’s prefectly possible to change negative beliefs and I covered exactly how to do this in my article How to change negative beliefs.
The second step is to prove to yourself that you can make changes! This is sometimes the most difficult part of all…you may really WANT to lead a healthier lifestyle, but, when it comes down to it, it’s just too hard to actually do! If this is you, then you need to compartmentalise everything down into small time and objective segments.
Start by setting yourself an easy objective for just one day – for instance:
Today, I’m not going to eat any snacks between meals.
If you make this statement just after a good breakfast, it’ll sound pretty achievable, but by 11.30am, when you’re normally having maybe a coffee and biscuit break, it suddenly will seem a huge mountain to climb! It’s so easy to just say to yourself, “one biscuit won’t hurt…and I’ll have less at lunch”, but even that objective will become difficult to sustain when lunch comes around…and so on.
So, here’s what to do.
See if you can achieve your objective of the day and if you do, then that’s fantastic. You’ve proved to yourself you can do it and if you can do it for a day, you can probably do it for the next day and the next.
If you find it hard to achieve your day’s objective straight off, then cut it down to a two-hour or even one-hour objective. Put off having a snack, for instance, for an hour. If you can do that, then congratulate yourself. If you can do it for an hour, then you can probably do it for another, and then another and so forth.
If you find even an hour tough, then don’t worry about it, just cut the time down even more…say to ten minutes. If you can put off having a snack for even ten minutes, then that’s a big step forward. If you can do it for ten minutes, you can probably do it for for another ten minutes and so forth. And once you can do it for twelve lots of ten minutes, you’ve done it for an hour, and then a day and then you’ll be well on the way to getting the belief that you can make the changes!
To many people, this may all seem a bit pointless and slow. Why not go the whole hog and start a full blown 5:2 diet on Monday and be done with it? Big action for big results.
As I’ve pointed out, this approach just won’t work for many people. It’s much better to make lots of very small, but very positive steps on your journey because these will self-perpetuate. If you end the day having had no snacks, you’ll feel a lot better than if you’ve starved yourself!
Use this “small step” approach on all aspects of your lifestyle. Drink more water on one day, go for a brisk walk (however short) on the next, avoid sugary drinks on the next and so on. By doing this, you’ll feel better about yourself, because you’ve actually DONE something instead of SAYING you’ll do something.
And because you’ve done something, you’ll have more belief…which means your next “mini” objective will be even easier.
If you like the sound of this approach, then check out my New In 90 plan. It will tell you exactly how to make all the changes you need to start leading a healthier and fitter lifestyle.