So often we give up on an aspiring goal because that goal seems so elusive."It's going to take me forever to get to my goal weight.." "I had a terrible meal, so I might as well eat terrible for the rest of the day.."
"I haven't worked out in so long. If I start, I won't complete it.."
I've said all of this at some point before. Have you? These are all excuses - would you agree? For me, my ego got in the way most of the time.
We'll have a specific goal weight and so we start a diet and quit everything cold turkey and then BAM. Reality hits. Then the guilt sets in and we go back to what seems easy.
Tiny tweaks lead to big changes.
I'll say it again. Tiny tweaks lead to big changes.
Take your goal, whatever it is, and start with one thing at a time. Success takes preparation. Sports teams don't wake up and become dynasties on their own. They start with one practice at a time. One game at a time. One season at a time. It's that cliched journey that everybody speaks about.
Does exercise scare you? Start with parking a little further away from your grocery store entry. Spend 5 minutes doing jumping jacks. Take the stairs instead of the escalator.
Does food control you? Try small tweaks in your lifestyle.. Eliminate soda, and start drinking more water. Do you already drink a lot of water? Maybe look at your foods with added sugar and reduce the intake..
Start with an attainable goal - something you know you can achieve. Let that success drive you to set other attainable goals. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Some of you may have had success in the all or nothing approach, and that is to be commended big time. For the vast majority of us, the all or nothing approach can sometimes send us down the overindulgent road.
I've had lots of success in an all or nothing approach, but once the event or goal was attained, I went down the ALL path and found myself in old eating habits. This doesn't make me weak. It makes me real. Even the most fit struggle with nutrition at times.
I became fearful of food. I'm eating healthier now than ever before in my life, and I'm still sometimes fearful of FOOD. It's ridiculous.
So I'm back at this point that I started with. Tiny tweaks lead to big changes. Moderation all of the time. I eat food that I know is good for my body, and I moderate those things that might be a little indulgent. BECAUSE wine. BECAUSE brick oven pizza. BECAUSE mimosas.
What are you going to tweak this week?