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Creating new habits and breaking old ones

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Wednesday, 04 June 2014
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I’ve decided that my habit of pressing the snooze button has to go and I’m replacing it with a habit of getting up at 5am to join the club of apparently happy, healthy and highly successful people who rise at this unearthly hour.

 

As a coach I know creating new habits and sustaining the change can be a big problem for any client wanting to live a healthy life.  So how am I getting on with my own challenge 3 weeks in?

Problems and excuses to give up, are just as load and clear from me as they are from clients when things aren’t perfect or something is challenging. 

1.      Monday mornings are too difficult, I can’t get up at 5am on Monday’s

2.      I’m going to bed earlier to be up at 5am so there isn’t much time for healthy eating when I finish work at 9pm.

3.      How do I do this at weekends?  I’m failing if I’m not doing it every day.

So how do I work with these issues and stay on track?

A.     Firstly, reflect on the things that have improved through the change, so that you can balance your feelings about the whole subject.  I’m finding some real benefits to getting up at 5am, so I want to consider these too.

B.     Changing one thing will often have a knock on effect on another. Be prepared to adjust more than just one thing.  So I’m going to bed earlier but have more time in a morning, so perhaps I could try changing my diet and healthy eating to ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’ with more calories and my bigger meals being earlier in the day.

C.     Be realistic about what to expect – life is rarely the same from one day to another and our own performance daily will no doubt vary.  Listen to your internal conversation, are you being too tough on yourself, would you expect someone else to get the changes right every time, all the time?  Telling yourself you aren’t doing it right, or perfectly, will lead to feelings of disappoint and failure which can lead to stress or even giving up. So I’m accepting the progress I’m making on weekend mornings and seeing any earlier starts as an improvement!

See me at 5am on this clip and I’ll share the benefits of my early mornings later.

 

 

 

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