Welcome to another #WellnessWednesday!
Most people who are interested in health coaching with me have a goal of weight loss. Losing weight is a tricky thing, and honestly, is really hard to maintain. There’s a lot of factors that go into the loss and maintenance, but I wanted to share one of my top tips that I share with the people I work with:
Take it one step at a time.
Okay, so I know that sounds ridiculously easy, but here’s what I really mean: break everything into small, manageable chunks. Don’t think about what you did before, don’t think about what you are going to do later. Be present in each moment. Let’s see how this would play out in your average day…
You wake up. Take note of how you’re feeling. Are you hungry? Thirsty? Have to pee? Tired and groggy and need to splash some cold water on your face? Once you figure it out, do that. Pro tip: Always drink at least 1-2 glasses of water first thing in the morning, even if you’re not feeling particularly thirsty… you wake up dehydrated every single morning whether you know it or not.
Using this approach for diet
Let’s move on to breakfast time. What’s the healthiest meal your body is craving right now? Is it a loaded omelette, or are you in a hurry and can only fit in a smoothie? Look at this decision as just that – one decision. You want to make the healthiest one, so throw out your excuses, and find a way to make the healthy choice in this moment.
Approach every single meal or snack in this manner. Break it down into what it is – one decision. Don’t think about how you should deny yourself food because you’re going to a dinner party tonight. Be in the moment now, and then at that dinner party, be in the moment then, too. Ask yourself, what is the healthiest choice I can make right now? What you had for lunch doesn’t matter. It doesn’t affect this moment. If you’re breaking down each and every moment in this manner, all your little healthy choices that you made WILL begin to add up.
Using this approach for fitness
Break it down by day. Think to yourself, what can I do today to make sure I get some form of exercise in? Again…. it doesn’t matter what you did yesterday. It doesn’t matter what you plan to do tomorrow. What matters is right now. There is no guarantee that your plans for a 3 hour gym session tomorrow are going to work out. So instead of counting on that, take action right now. Plan what you are going to do today: how you are going to do it, what you’re going to do, and when you’re going to do it.
It doesn’t have to be strenuous or long. Some days, I feel like dancing sounds fun – so I’ll do that. Some days, I just need a long walk in the woods to clear my head – so I’ll do that. Other days, I feel like I can do spin class plus an upper body workout plus pilates plus yoga… so I’ll do all that! Once you learn to exercise because it makes you feel good and you make it something you enjoy and look forward to, you’ll begin to crave it!
See you next time!