30 Day Nutrition Challenge 2: Turning Nutrition Plans Into Action
Hopefully you have already read my blog about SMART goals, have you done the exercise yet? If not why not? You won’t create positive change by thinking about it.
If you have then well done, the people who take action are the people who will succeed. Excuses don’t lead to change.
OK, so let’s just say that you done it and you now know what your main goal is, this is your outcome goal. But now that you know what this is I want you to forget about it, why? Because a sole focus on the outcome will lead you to become demotivated quickly. Why? Because, if you set yourself the goal of losing a set amount of weight each time you step on the scales (let’s face it, fat loss doesn’t happen overnight) you’ll feel like a failure because you aren’t at your target weight yet. This isn’t a healthy focus.
This is why it’s important to set process goals, these are the little actions you need to take in order to achieve the outcome, these processes become your habits in time. Habits are effortless, like brushing your teeth each night, you don’t even think about it, but I bet there was a real song and a dance about it when you were a kid.
Processes for fat loss include, drinking enough water, moving more and sitting less, eating in an energy deficit, getting a good night’s sleep, managing stress and removing anxiety, exercising for specific goals.
These processes require planning, the more you plan, the easier it is. It’s much easier to create an energy deficit if you plan your meals and know what and when you are going to eat ahead of time. Leave everything to the last minute and eat on the fly and you’ll never get it right.
This often requires a period of reconnecting with ourselves and rebuilding the relationship we have with the person in the mirror. Because if you don’t value yourself then all this stuff will just seem too much like hard work and you will make excuses to do something else instead. This is why so many people find it difficult to say no and end up spending all their time running around after everyone else and neglecting themselves. People with high self-esteem don’t feel guilty about putting themselves first and they always have time to invest in their health journey. It’s selfish to say no, it’s self-first!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; you are not your weight, you are not the scales, you are not your dress size. You are enough, you always have been, you just need to see that for yourself.