Achieving an ideal balance in our body and health is truly a long-term endeavor, and how we look at that journey will make ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
It is a marathon, not a sprint... so the good news with that is, you can slow down, take the pressure off yourself, stop beating yourself up if you didn't lose the weight you "expected" during a given week, and re-frame your mind for the long haul...
Commit yourself to loving and being happy with the journey, and not just the destination.
This is a huge mindset shift that you MUST adopt if you're going to truly be successful.
So let me ask you... how do you "eat an elephant"?
How do you
"eat an elephant"?
...One bite at a time!
Let's use Mount Everest as an example...
If you were to look at Mount Everest in it's entirety, it would appear seemingly "impossible" to climb or achieve.
However, if we shift our attention to ONLY focus on the steps we need to take in order to get started, we will be able to take the necessary action and make the progress we need, in order to ACTUALLY climb it.
Framing our daily progress in comparison to the "end goal", will only set us up for disappointment and failure.
So instead, we want to adopt the following mindset...
Our success comes from taking small, bite size, baby steps (or actions) consistently each day toward our goal.
This will allow you to make easy and consistent progress that compounds over time, and will inevitably lead you to success!
You see TIME is the main determining factor to our success... given enough time, we can do ANYTHING!
Remember “Rome wasn’t built in a day, it was built brick by brick, hour by hour, day by day, week by week…”
If there are times when you’re feeling SUPER motivated to go above and beyond (for example - working out for 2 or 3 hours in a day), that’s great and by all means, sprint when you're up to it.
But your ultimate and inevitable success will NOT come from the sprints and the "hard" work, it will come through the small daily actions you take consistently, period.
A book I highly recommend that reinforces this principle, is “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olsen.
A quick highlight from it is this… one apple alone won’t get you healthy, just like one fast food meal won’t “kill you”, but it’s the apple each day that WILL contribute significantly toward your health just like the fast-food meal each day will contribute significantly to the opposite, inflammation, fatigue, dis-ease, unhealthy.
If you can create a daily...
- System of Accountability (Schedule, Reminders, Accountability Partner...)
...for yourself, and reward your Self-Discipline and daily actions, you will be setting yourself up for success in the long term!
In addition, here are 10 "principles" or rules that will help with ANY weight-loss and health goal:
- Eating MORE whole foods
- Eating LESS or ideally NO processed foods
- Eating MORE fruits (2 to 4 servings per day)
- Eating MORE veggies (3 to 6 servings per day)
- Eating MORE beans (1 to 2 servings per day)
- Mindful eating (slow down, have gratitude for your food and enjoy each bite/flavor)
- Fasting (not eating) for 14 hours or longer
- ANY activity or exercise for at least 15 minutes per day (Adds 3 years to your life!)
- Drinking primarily water and preferably half your body weight in ounces
- Sleeping at least 7 hours per night
I hope this serves you well on framing your journey properly to help set you up for success!
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With much gratitude,