Do you really want to make a change in your life? Ask yourself these questions first.
As a Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, And Yoga instructor, I am both fascinated and flattered that many clients will come forward believing I have all the answers. They believe within a couple appointments, their life will be turned around. Lean a few tricks, pop a few supplements, and all their problems will be gone. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Too often people are giving their power away and expecting to be able to undo years of poor choices once they invest in a few appointments with a healthcare provider or trainer. True, lasting change takes time. Change is hard. If it wasn’t, we’d all have done it by now. It has taken me years to adopt a healthy lifestyle involving whole foods, regular exercise, restorative practices, and intuition to know how to apply each of these and when. If there was a quicker route, I would’ve taken it myself. There are a lot more factors involved than simply the food we eat or the amount of exercise we do. When someone wants to make a significant change in their health and well being, there are many things to consider.
Do you have support?
It’s an interesting thing to witness someone strive to make a difference in their life. Packing a lunch for work, getting up extra early for a workout, having the energy to climb the stairs and they start to radiate health. Although, these new habits should be commended by others, too often they are criticized. Being called a “health nut” like it’s a bad d thing. Coerced into sharing a pizza, or put down for not wanting to participate in a pub crawl in order to make it to the gym the next day. Unfortunately, people like to see people fail. It’s a sad truth. Likely this is because your health habits, make their unhealthy habits seem worse. As you feel better, they feel worse. Be prepared for this. It will be a challenge to stick to the plan to reach your goals when you have unsupportive company. It may take a tough conversation on your part to get them to understand how their comments are affecting your progress. Or it may take separation form those who cannot be happy for your success. It is said that you are the average of the 5 people closest to you. Is the company around you supportive or corruptive?
Are you willing to say no?
Life will consistently test you as you try to walk a different path. Temptation will arise without question. An office party brings in cake, going to the movies and the aroma of butter fills the air, a friends gathering and you are greeted with cocktails. Can you say no? Does saying no leave you feeling deprived or empowered? Can you continue to say no? For change to occur, consistency will be the key. Turning down one treat to say yes to the next may not serve you well. Saying no thanks often enough will slowly let people know these indulgences aren’t for you. Acceptance will come and support will be granted. It’s like offering a vegetarian a steak every time you see them. They are never going to accept, so after a while, it’s simply accepted. Say no, to be able to say yes to yourself.
Do you really want it?
Why do you want to make a change? Is your health at risk? Are your jeans tight? Do you feel uncomfortable in your skin? Digestion issues? Whatever your reason, are you willing to give it 100% effort to reach your goal. To feel better? Are you willing to say no? Are you prepared for the reactions, both positive and negative from others? Will you stick to it no matter what life throws at you? If you answer no to any of these, ask yourself if you truly want it. Because change is tough, it takes hard work and dedication. Is it worth it? Without a doubt! You will have to reorganize your schedule, make the time to follow thru with the plan and stick to it, no matter what. You may miss out on a social activity once in a while. You may not get to taste the 3 layer chocolate cake at your friend’s birthday or miss out on a few beers and chicken wings at the football game. Being called a rabbit for having salad with protein as opposed to pasta with cream sauce. All of this will be worth it when you feel the best you ever have. Better than imaginable when your confidence is thru the roof, and your health is impeccable. Your skin is glowing and you now become a role model for many. Every will ask, how did you do it? Your answer, as you sip on your green smoothie,” hard work. Plain and simple.” So be ready for the challenge, otherwise question if you truly want it. There is no other way.