So, we’ve all been there before.
You make changes to your exercise and nutrition routines. Cut back on those extra desserts, fried foods and other things you love. You feel great off the start, see some results right away and that motivates you to stay the course….for a time.
But then, it comes. Boredom. Willpower drainage. The awkward conversation with your husband/boss/sister/girlfriend/mom that emotionally triggers you to reach for that bag of Cheetos or old stale cookies in the back of your pantry.
Ugh, you just want to quit. What's the point in trying?
If I’m being honest...
I have QUIT every single diet I have ever been on.
As a bonafide emotional eater, I couldn’t hang with any “program” I tried to willpower my way through because my emotions ruled my life and my eating behavior.
- If I was happy, I would eat.
- If I was sad, I would eat.
- If I was stressed, I would eat.
- If I was bored, I would eat.
- When I felt defeated and wanted to quit…..you guessed it, I. Would. EAT!
This overwhelming emotional state of living was not working well for my health aspirations. While I usually tried to compensate for my eating by just exercising more and more (and more), during certain seasons of my life where I was too busy to find time for the gym, my weight crept up easily.
At one point, in the course of just 6 months, I went from a healthy 160ish lbs (standing at 5’10”) to 180 lbs. I was miserable and ashamed but felt stuck.
I had been actively *dieting* right up to this point. But the overwhelm from the stress I was feeling, well, you get the picture. I felt too overwhelmed and just quit trying.
But luckily, things can change...
Today, I am happy to say that I NEVER quit anymore.
It’s not because I don’t have emotional eating tendencies, I still do from time-to-time, although I have a better handle on those too, but because I have built my LIFESTYLE approach to my health and am no longer *ON A DIET* which would necessitate having to *QUIT* my health plan.
I have experienced a freedom that can only come from doing the inside work on my Spiritual life and my relationship with God. This has allowed me to find these KEY True Health Habits that guide me to a healthy living for my BODY, MIND and SOUL. I no longer rely on my emotions to guide my actions, including any tendency to quit, and I am so happy to share with you my...
TOP 5 HABITS TO STAY THE COURSE WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE QUITTING!
1. RITUALIZE YOUR HABITS:
A habit by itself gets boring really fast. But when you take the time to ritualize your habit, meaning, you think about now just WHAT you are going to do but HOW you are going to do it in a way that you can enjoy, you keep things enjoyable.
This means anything from wearing your favorite outfit to the gym, rocking out to a specific playlist on the treadmill, buying a special mug and blanket for you to sit with some hot tea at night instead of that glass of wine.
Any way that you can add some special and personal enjoyment into otherwise monotonous habits will serve you in helping you feel more *REWARDED* in the process of your health.
2. VISUALIZE YOUR SUCCESS:
Study after study shows that visualizing yourself succeeding in an action is JUST as powerful as physically practicing the action. Check out some studies here.
And, as I always reiterate at A.Wright Fit, from a high level Spiritual standpoint, it is important to KNOW that God has designed you for something specific and special in this world—a Greater Purpose for your life that only YOU can do, no one else. Your health is a significant factor in helping you achieve all that you can out of life. You are to live and THRIVE by God’s work in you and through you.
If you take the time close your eyes and visualize yourself as this future self, your Greater Purpose self, and focus on her and what success looks like on her, you will train your brain to propel you toward becoming her.
This is why my motto is STRONG’her, WISE’her, SURREND’her because we must all keep visualizing our own her that God will help us to become.
3. JOT DOWN YOUR LESSONS:
Throughout any process and journey in our life, we are learning so many lessons, and unfortunately the HARD way. What seems to happen more often than not, we have to learn things the “hard way” about 30-50 times in order for us to finally *GET IT.*
But it doesn’t HAVE to be this way. By starting a lesson journal you are saving yourself quite a bit of time. By writing down your lessons you are committing them to memory in a better way. If you then read and re-read that journal from time to time, you are further conditioning yourself to remember what you are learning and to keep applying it.
Studies show that it takes 21-days for the neurons in our brain to actually create a MEMORY and a full 63-days to form a HABIT.
Starting a Lesson Journal is a clear way to help keep this process going! Plus, the satisfaction from real life lessons is incomparable in hindsight. To look back on all that you learned helps you endure through painful experiences in the future too!
4. SHARE YOUR JOURNEY WITH YOUR *PEOPLE*:
You are designed for community and so every opportunity given by God also is an opportunity to connect and share with others. Knowing you have friends or family in the background that are backing you gives you more incentive to stay the course.
Choose wisely those people you can share your journey with. Find those people that will be your true Accountability Partners in life, meaning that they account for your abilities and not just your disabilities. You don’t need people that point out your mistakes or guilt you into better behavior. You need people that can see you the way God sees you and you should do the same for them! Believe that they will become the person that God will’s them to be too!
5. ACT AS THOUGH YOU’VE ALREADY WON:
This is everything! God has designed you for Greatness and to WIN in life, and, now have taken the time to even visualize yourself as her, you have nothing else to worry about in this health quest.
Because while you think you are after the specific MEASURED success (which is not a bad thing to have a measurable goal in mind, they do work), you are really after a FEELING, which you actually have ability to choose NOW. You are her NOW.