I have decided that I like the term “Lifestyle Change.” I am not on a diet or a journey. I am trying to improve my life by implementing a lifestyle change. My lifestyle change just happens to involve the food I put in my mouth and a choice to do some exercise.
It has taken me over a year to feel like I have made a successful lifestyle change. With a lot of support, the use of trial and error, and plenty of optimism I feel like I have a long-term routine that I can keep up with.
To help you succeed in your lifestyle change I present you with….
6 Tips to Succeed at a Life Style Change
- Plan ahead – I have found that no matter what aspect of my life I want to change, thinking about it and planning in advance is the best practice. I plan my meals for the week, I plan my workouts for the week, and I even plan my cheats (they happen and I would rather have control when I go off the rails! Hello birthday cake!) I know that all this planning may seem boring or too much work but honestly, discipline is the #1 thing that will help you to succeed!
2. Be prepared for it to be hard at first – The first few weeks or months will suck! No matter what you are choosing to change, your new habits are going to be hard to form and your old habits are going to be even harder to break. You are taking a habit that you have had, for probably most of your life, and turning it on its head. The important thing is to stick with it! Before long it will seem like something you have always done.
3. Find a friend – You are bound to have a friend that is in a similar situation as you and wants to make a positive change in their life. No matter what the change, it’s nice to have someone who will hold you accountable and be a sounding board when things get hard. I have friends, my parents, and an Ideal Protein coach that have helped me along the way.
4. Find things that work for you and stick with it – At the beginning you will probably go through a lot of trial and error to find the exact habits that you like and can learn to live with. But once you find them, run with them and watch your success! For instance, I found out that yoga is not for me…but Zumba is. I like rutabaga but could live without radishes and turnips. However, I would have never known unless I had tried!
5. Know your budget – Budget is an important part of a lifestyle change. Pretty much no matter what you are trying to accomplish, it will cost some money. It costs money to go on a diet/buy healthier food, it costs money to join a gym/take fitness classes, it costs money when you lose weight and need new clothes, and the list goes on and on. It’s just important to set your expectations around how much money you can spend and how much money you might end of spending just so you are prepared.
6. Always have a good attitude – Optimism is my #1 rule to follow, and I constantly have to remind myself to look on the bright side. I always ask myself what is the worst thing that could happen? For instance, if I don’t want to go workout, I could really get in my head and put myself down and fall into the endless spiral of negativity. Instead, I say what would be the worst thing that would happen if I didn’t go. Well…I would probably be letting a friend down (because I almost always have a workout buddy) or I wouldn’t see as good of results at my weigh-in. These types of thoughts motivate me because I don’t want to let anyone down and I know how it feels when you don’t lose any weight! One of my favorite YouTube personalities, Hannah Hart, has a quote “Practice reckless optimism.” I truly believe this a great saying to live by and will help you to make the positive changes you’re working toward!
Hannah Hart’s “Practice reckless optimism” poster from her Twitter.
I hope these tips help you to make the change you hope to see in your life. Are there any other tips and tricks that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments below!