Good morning! (And nope- no baby yet.)
Instead, I’m sharing a post I wrote for my monthly newsletter. I don’t usually share those articles here, but I received a lot of emails and feedback and thought some of you may benefit from this discussion as well.
Have you ever felt like you know what you need to change but can’t make it happen on your own?
If only change were easier. Since most of us have a general idea of what we should do to be healthier, why do we struggle so much to make it happen?
Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about what we should do or obsessing over our food or exercise choices that it begins to feel impossible. We deliberately go after the ice cream (or couch) instead. Because why bother? Change is never going to happen.
It’s normal to struggle with weekends. You can feel on track all week but as soon as Friday night hits, forget it. Then some women spend all of Sunday night and Monday beating themselves up for losing control.
The weekends aren’t necessarily the problem. It’s the negative self talk that is. If you think you failed, you have.
MIND and BODY CONNECTION:
Instead, if you see your indulgences or “failures” as normal and even as a healthy part of an overall balanced diet, you can continue to move forward. Telling yourself that you’re on the right track encourages you to behave like you are.
Check in with your self-talk… are you hurting or helping your healthy living journey? I’ve found that this is one of the most important components of health coaching that can move you toward a change that lasts.
What you think about, you bring about.
You may be able to hold together the perfect plan for the short term, but it’s rarely sustainable. Let go of perfection and find a balance that you can live with (unless there are severe gut issues or food intolerances, of course.)
When sustainable change is not happening for you, consider additional accountability through a workout group, healthy living buddy or a health coach. The power of having someone in your corner providing guidance and encouragement can get you where you know you want to go.
Speaking of accountability, many of you have asked about the next Reset or Detox program. I have another 21 day whole foods challenge set up for September with an emphasis on learning about metabolism (especially the worst offending foods).
More info will be coming in a few weeks, and it will first be announced in my newsletter. If you’re not yet receiving it, you can join us here.
Do you ever struggle with self-sabotage or negative self talk?
What are your tricks for staying motivated on your healthy living journey?