You’ve made the decision to get in shape, to get down to a healthy weight and change your life for the better. How do you make this commitment stick?
First, you must realize that there is no going back. Think of all of your bad and unhealthy habits as just what they are… a mechanism that is holding you back from feeling great, having more energy, looking great and being fit!
It can be difficult to say goodbye to unconscious eating, over eating and overindulgence of any kind be it food, drink, or not enough sleep. For me now, all I have to do is remember how I would feel the next day…fat, tired and sorry that I succumbed to the unhealthy choices. Recall is a great defense! You too can make a conscious effort to get healthy.
So, now…Think about where you were and how you felt when you made that initial decision to Take Shape for Life. When you said to yourself… “Enough is enough and I’m getting in shape!” Close your eyes and remember. On a scale of 1 to 10, how serious are you? ________. You really need to be an eight or higher! If not, you should probably reevaluate your thoughts and feelings about regaining great health in your life. A great way to do this is to take the Current Reality Assessment in Chapter 5 of Dr. A’s Habits of Health. If you do not want to write in your book, you can always take it online by typing in www.habitsofhealth.net and click on “How healthy Are You?” Take Quiz.
So what should you do next? Make a commitment to listen to the support calls Monday and Wednesday evenings each and every week. The calls are now recorded which gives you no excuse!
You should also take advantage of all the support and knowledge that your health Coach can give you. Most of the coaches have experienced the program and have had great success in getting down to a healthy weight and applying the Habits of Health to continue their Journey to Optimal health. They are there to help you realize the same!
Now, the secret to sticking to your commitment is your journal! It seems so ridiculously simple. Clients that journal accomplish what they set out to do.
What to put in your Journal
Page 1: Before picture
Page 2: Write down your commitment to yourself. Such as:
“I am committed to get healthy and lose this weight that is slowing me and my life down. I will do what it takes every day and forever strive to take shape for life!”
Page 3: Write your daily affirmation, such as, “I am healthy and happy and it shows” or “I choose health in my life” or “I love my new found health”!
First page of each week: Write down a goal for the week. Such as:
“I will make certain to eat every 3 hours all week”
“I will wear my pedometer and get in 5,000 steps daily this week.”
Then have a reward for reaching the goal. “I will buy some new walking shoes” or “I will get the new “Prevention” magazine.”
Daily write entries into your journal upon rising in am. and before bed at night
The times you eat
The foods you eat
The water you drink
How you feel in the morning and before you go to bed
The exercise you do each day
Weight loss on weekly weigh day
Your journal can be a notebook, on the computer, The online support in motion tool that is provided to you for free by the company, or whatever works for you. I like a smaller one that I can take everywhere with me.