What’s on your good habits list?
There’s SO MUCH health and fitness information out there. But knowing where to start and what to do can be overwhelming!
Do this… don’t do that… do green juice… don’t do juice… eat more fruits and vegetables… don’t eat too much fruit… eat good carbs… don’t eat grains… do eat grains… eat fats… watch fats…! YIKES!
We live in an amazing era with the world’s information at our fingertips. But with global access to the wisdom of the world, it’s easy to get into information overload. AND…access to all information also means sorting through the “junk food” of information.
Fitness overwhelm or burnout is not uncommon. You get a list of things to do, foods to eat, supplements to buy and exercises to do—and not do—that by the end of trying to digest it all, you can feel defeated before you really get your fitness groove on.
Standing before the mountain you want to climb, it can loom so large that you feel defeated before you start. Don’t worry about it. Just start walking in the direction of your dreams.
It’s on the journey that the way becomes more clear. ~LeAura Alderson
Get Your Mind Right!
My first awesome fitness coach in group exercise, Dr. Jade Teta, used to yell out two different phrases that especially helped me step up and do more than I thought I could do.
“Get your mind right!” Dr. Jade Teta
and the other was:
“Yes you can!” Dr. Jade Teta
He had a knack of know just when to say the right things. Of course, while he may be intuitive, he also knows from personal experience, the places where we falter and the phrases that help us keep on going… until we can’t.
If you want more on mindset, trip over to this article to get your mindset and motivation going.
Instead of focusing on how ominously big your goal is break it down into small wins. Start with your end goal in mind. Imagine yourself on that “mountain top of your goal”, looking back at all that you’ve already done. Then get going, one step, one thing, one replacement at a time.
All of these are healthy, positive things. They will be different specifics for each person, so you need to identify what these are for you. Choose—and add—your favorites.
To try to do too much all at once is the fastest way to burnout and overwhelm.
The important thing here is to create habits you can live with for the long term. You are building good habits for a fit lifestyle that will last and be with you for life. So settle into the journey and enjoy creating new habits, one day, one week at a time.
Add ONE positive thing to your day.
- Drink a large glass of lemon water first thing.
- Change from sugary Starbucks coffee, sodas or cereals, to a butter-coconut coffee.
- Start with a fantastic green juice!
- Hop out of bed and take a very brisk and invigorating walk, jog or workout.
- Replace one bad food that you love with one positive food that you also love.
- As soon as you want to snack, take a fast fitness break first.
- Keep a goals journal or fitness journal, to help keep you on track with your goals.
- Buddy up! Recruit an accountability partner.
- Replace some of your cardio for strength and resistance training.
- Eat an apple an hour before dinner.
- Drink a large glass of water, 30 minutes before each meal.
- Keep raw veggies crudites at the ready in your fridge with hummus or guacamole.
1 new positive habits at the end of your week
7 new positive habits at the end of your week
30 new positive habits at the end of your month
365 new positive habits at the end of your year!