Okay – it’s nearing the end of January and I’m starting to see lots of social media posts from folks who have just ‘finished’ their diet. They are touting great success, improved this and improved that. ‘My aches and pains are gone…’
“I’ve had so much success- I think I’m going to do that diet again!!”
If you are feeling this great and it’s alleviated ALL of these ailments that have plagued you for so long- why would you consider stopping?
Is whatever diet you’ve been following NOT something you can maintain as a lifestyle?
Folks- Heads up!
If you want lifelong lasting change- you must incorporate changes in your life that you can sustain as a lifestyle! You’ve got to ditch the short term diet mentality.
Nothing frustrates me more as a coach to see people follow a plan for a specified period of time only to go back to all the old habits that brought them to me in the first place.
Everyone’s commitment level is different- I get that. Yes, Yes- folks stray. They will get off track. They will go on vacation. I don’t expect perfection all the time.
What I’m talking about is the overall mentality of ‘going on a diet’. The very words ‘going on a diet’ implies that you will be going off that diet.
I really want to encourage folks to re-think their approach to getting healthy. I would rather see you make small manageable changes that you can maintain consistently for a lifetime than to have you follow my plan to the letter for a number of weeks- lose a bunch of weight and then throw the whole plan out the window and gain it all back. It has to be doable for you for the long term.
I encourage you to re-frame your thinking. Change your focus from what you’re giving up to what you are getting! Focus on the things you can DO and ADDto your daily routine to improve your health and achieve your weight loss goals instead of all the things you can’t have anymore.
I will add more green vegetables to my diet.
I will eat 100% whole grain bread.
I will drink more water than I did yesterday.
I will walk the dog every night.
I will go to bed 15 minutes earlier…
I will cut out all sugar.
I will not eat bread.
I will not stay up late.
You get the idea…Focus on what you CAN do – Not what you can’t.
Stop the diet roller coaster once and for all!
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