4 Reasons We Struggle to Make Lasting Change

I honestly believe we all want to feel our best!  And I also think on some level, we all know what we “should” be doing to be our healthiest (eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, and de-stress!).  If you’re like me, maybe you’ve even gone through periods of time were you have been committed to eating well and exercising, and you’ve experienced weight loss and change!

But then your schedule changes and you skip the gym, or you go out of town and find yourself eating at restaurants every night, or life just gets busy and stressful, and before you know it you’re right back to where you were… not exercising at all, eating unhealthy foods, tired and stressed out.

So if we want to be healthy, and we know what to do… why do we often feel stuck in our unhealthy habits and feel hopeless to make lasting change?

I believe it comes down to 4 things:

1. No Accountability 

Have you ever hired a personal trainer? Or paid for a fitness class?  Or just made plans with a friend to meet up for a walk?  If so, then you know that getting another person involved in your healthy habits creates accountability!   When it comes to sticking to your healthy habits, having another person to hold you accountable can make a big difference and help you avoid giving into excuses.

2. Failure to Plan

Do you remember the days where you had to use an encyclopedia, or the good-ol’ card catalog at the library to find books on a particular topic?  With the internet, we live in a world where information is immediately accessible 24/7.   And yet, in this age of technology and information, it’s very easy to become confused when it comes to your health.

You may spend hours clicking down a rabbit hole of blogs and websites, trying to determine if you should “go Paleo,” or “try Keto” without making much progress.

What if I told you that you could get results faster, reclaim lost hours and avoid a few premature grey hairs? You’d want to know the secret, right?

It’s quite simple… consult with a Certified Health Coach, and work together to create a plan based on your goals!  Working with a coach also gives you that needed accountability to ensure you make lasting change.

3. Focus on Too Many Action Steps

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight? You joined a gym, bought new workout clothes, invested in a fancy blender so you can make your daily smoothie, etc. etc… but after a week or two, you find yourself running out of steam and throw the entire idea in the “too hard” basket.  I’ve been there, many times!

My advice, give yourself a chance to make small changes progressively.  Start with one or two small changes, like going to the gym three times a week and drinking plenty of water each day.  Once you’ve established these new habits, create one or two new changes to focus on.

Having a big-picture goal and general timeline is important, but going all-in, or too much-too soon, can lead to overwhelm and burn out.  Breaking goals down into smaller actionable steps builds confidence and leads to lasting change.

4. Lack of Belief

If you’ve ever tried to make a change to your health, like trying to lose weight, you may have experienced initial success only to find yourself right back at square one… and you might feel discouraged to start again.   You might even begin to believe that weight loss, good skin, a fit physique… insert health goal here… is something only “other people” can achieve. 

Beliefs are simply thoughts that we keep thinking over and over again. Thoughts are fluid and changeable, so why not dare to invest your energy into thinking and embodying the health you crave?

It’s unlikely that you will change an ingrained belief overnight. In fact, in the beginning the mind will resist and want to return to the familiar (negative) way of thinking. I encourage you to stick to your small action items; stay consistent!  Just keep turning up and doing the work.  You’ll find in time, by sticking with small goals, you WILL see change and feel your health improving…which will lead to greater confidence to take on bigger goals!!

A Note on Cultivating Change…

Habits are actions we do repeatedly that can be changed.   But change can be difficult!  Working with a Certified Health Coach may be right for you if you have struggled to make lasting lifestyle changes on your own.   A Coach will review your health history, learn about your goals, and work with you to come up with an individual plan based on your needs and lifestyle.

Interested in learning more about health coaching?  Sign up for a FREE 20 minute consult today! Contact Kate, Certified Health Coach and Owner of Thrive Wellness to learn about how health coaching can help.

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