It’s a New Year, and yes, THAT is hard to believe and usually THAT comes with something in your life this year, you want to change? Is it your blood pressure; your weight; your cholesterol or a pair of pants you’d like to fit in to again? Are you “back on the market” after a break up or thinking this is the year that special someone will appear? What then is keeping you from making positive changes? Frequently, it is the time lost devoted to thinking about it. The “getting ready to change” stage becomes the action killer. The hardest step in fitness is the first step; actually doing something. In this latter stage, the pondering is over, and now it’s all about the doing. So how do you jumpstart that change? Jumpstart change around the following principles that when put in to action propel you out of the “thinking” and in to the “doing”.
Something must change. Do you kind of want to get into shape, or do you absolutely “have to” lose weight? Is the Doctor shaking his finger at you over your BMI or blood work? Does dropping a few pounds sound like a good idea, or is living another day to its fullest important you? In order to make a lasting change you must be convinced that this is an either or proposition. It is a MUST.
I must change it. You have to take full responsibility in making the change. You can only blame you for getting you where you are today. Get over the pity party, own it, and do something about it. Others may assist you, but in the end you are the engine that drives the car. You have to need this change enough in order to “own it” personally —no one else can own it for you.
I can change it. Don't let past failures get in your way. Use set backs as “set ups” for future victory’s. The truth is, you have done and can do amazing things when you put your mind to it. Believe that you are capable of making changes in your life, regardless of what lies in your past. Rear view mirrors are small for a reason. What is behind you is far less important than what is in front of you.
Willpower is NOT the answer. Most people fail to make lasting change because they leave it up to their willpower. This works for a while, but you'll always revert back to what's comfortable. So, change what you're comfortable with. We are all motivated by pain avoidance and pleasure enhancement. When you want to change a behavior pattern the key is to associate pain with the behavior that you don't want and pleasure with the behavior that you do want. “Trip the switch” and associate exercise with pleasure and any unhealthy behaviors with pain. As an example, your brain might be trained to associate pleasure with eating comfort food late at night and to associate pain with exercise. It's time to retrain your brain to feel good about exercise and to feel bad about eating late at night and the good news is that you are capable of tripping these switches to do just THAT.
It is a brand new year, and if you’d like help applying these principles with your 2011 change jumpstart, call Fitness Together at 619 794 0014. Follow us on our Blog at BetterBodySanDiego.com.