As a trainer, one of the things I have my clients complete is a readiness for change assessment to help me figure out areas we may have to focus on. One such area I like to look at is a person’s support network. While I use forms client’s check off, I think simply examining your life can help too.
Proper support can pay play big part when you are changing your lifestyle, and getting “into shape” is no exception. Some areas I suggest focusing on are your friend’s, your current lifestyle, and your eating habits. While there are certainly others, these are three big factors to consider.
When it comes to friends, ask yourself if they will support you or not. While it is sad to say, many “friends” may not really want to see you succeed. If you have talked about dieting in the past, have they tried to encourage you, or do they put you down? Do they suggest healthier food choices when eating out, or do they offer you adult beverages and desserts, letting you know that “just one won’t hurt you!?” If they are supporting you, then they are true friends. If not, then it may be good to distance yourself from them. Often they will not want you to succeed as it points out THEIR weaknesses. Choose your friends wisely!
Now, when I say lifestyle, I mean the things you do not have much control of. Things like traveling for your job can make things more difficult than someone who stays at home. If you live in this type of situation, plan, plan plan. If you are going out of town, check the internet for restaurants that have healthier meal choices so you wont be tempted to simply go to the closest, but unhealthy place to eat. Booking a room with a kitchenette can also be a great tool to use as you can pack meals and find a grocery store nearby. Preparing you own meals, just like home, will make a huge difference. Again, plan, plan plan!
This concept of planning does not only need considered when travelling, but obviously anytime you are “living the healthy lifestyle.” Things like chopping vegetables up for the week and storing them in sealed containers can make a huge difference when it comes to compliance. Broiling multiple chicken breasts and a making a large pot of brown rice at the beginning of the week can provide quick “go to” meals when on the run.
If you want to be successful, examine what in your life needs changing. Find ways to make things more simple. Doing so will help you stick to your new found lifestyle, and make success much easier!