The road to achieving your health and wellness goals is not a sprint, but rather a marathon. Slow down. Why are you in such a hurry? Of course we want to lose weight, lower cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, normalize blood sugar, sleep better, and we want those results RIGHT NOW! But we also know from past experiences, that those expectations are not realistic nor achievable.
Slow down, enjoy the view. Take your time. Don’t be in such a hurry to get to the finish line.
In order to be successful at achieving our goals starts first with identifying those behaviors that are acting as barriers or road blocks. Once those are recognized and we make the choice to remove them, the next step is to create the path to success. This involves making lifestyle changes.
If your goal is to lose weight, you first look at the reasons why you got heavy in the first place. Was there a traumatic event in your life that lead to food as comfort? Is your day so hectic that you forget to eat? Are you a victim of fast food? Do you get enough sleep? Do you eat out of boredom, procrastination, or stress? There are many more reasons, but you have to be honest with yourself and do some serious soul-searching in order to figure out what are your road blocks.
Next, it’s time to create a list of positive behaviors that will help you stay the course. Planning your meals, eating every 2-3 hours, grocery shopping with a list, and finding and preparing new recipes are all examples of behavior changes that will ensure weight loss. Couple that with a positive “can do” attitude, and you have a recipe for success.
Also know that along the way you will likely stumble and maybe even fall. Don’t let that discourage you or derail you from your path. Look at it as a learning experience. You have to learn to confront the little failures that come up and figure out how to overcome them. When you fall, get back up, dust yourself off, stand tall, and keep on going. Plowing though a box of cookies does not make you a failure.
When you take your time making the necessary lifestyle changes to help you achieve your goals, you practice those behaviors over and over again. You find out which ones work for you and you make changes to those that didn’t work. Practice, practice, practice. A teacher once told me, “Practice makes permanent.”
The path to success is not a sprint, but a marathon that takes you down many paths. Enjoy the journey.