Go ahead, fill in the blank. I should STOP_____!
We all have the loop in our head of judgement for the
things we should not be doing.
Stop eating junk food.
Stop skipping meals.
Stop double booking our schedule.
Bottom line, you can say it all you want, but it won’t get you the results you are looking for. These stop goals push us closer to the thing we are trying to eliminate. No one likes being told what to do. Tell yourself you can’t have something and your desire goes through the roof. Our focus becomes on what we can’t have and not on what we can do to actually achieve our goals.
Let’s try a different approach! Turn a stop goal into a success goal. Success goals crowd in the behavior that supports long term lifestyle habits. Once in place, a success goals crowds out what you are trying to eliminate.
5 Successful Habits:
-Hydration: Start your day with 20 oz of water. Rehydrate from your night’s rest and let your body know to anticipate hydrating throughout the day. Adding this habit will help avoid soda and sugary drinks.
-Sleep: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (yup, even the weekend!). Minimize exposure to electronics in the evening to allow your brain to prepare for sleep. Instill good sleep habits to avoid feeling foggy headed and fatigue.
-Stress management: Have your go to list of what brings you calm, so you don’t turn to food for comfort. Utilize techniques such as deep breathing or meditation on a daily basis. When stress levels peak, you will know what feels calming to your body.
-Veggies: Prepare in advance veggies and fruit, so you can grab them instead a sleeve of cookies. Make it a habit to reach for these as a snack first, in order to avoid filling your tank with unhealthy options.
-Plan: Know in advance what your week ahead looks like. To avoid over scheduling and creating more stress, say NO or not now to what is not crucial for the week ahead. This will allow you to focus on the non-negotiable tasks.
Changing the directions we give ourselves, from stop to success, will instill habits that will be around for the long haul. Keep in mind, this is progress not perfection. Slip-ups will happen and that’s ok. Recognize your misstep and get right back to crowding in the healthier lifestyle choices.
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