Every week with all my online clients, I get them to fill in a check-in form to let me know how their week has gone (good way to look back and notice all the wins that were achieved, and highlight any struggles that I can help them with).
This is part of what Claire wrote this week:
“Really pleased to have lost 2lb again this week, feel I really am totally into it now. Am feeling more determined than ever. I keep imagining what it’s going to be like to fit into certain clothes and to be able to do all the things I want and look and feel the way I want to. I feel really confident in myself and confidence in my ability to really adopt these eating habits permanently.
Wins for the week… Avoided that curry, no biscuits at Mum’s (she always has LOADS!) good choices wherever possible. I feel every week that I’m not just a step closer to having the lifestyle I want, but now that I am actually doing it. And it works, and it’s easy and fun.”
I LOVED reading that.
That’s what Change For Life is all about – making healthy lifestyle changes in ways that feel easy (and even fun!) and lead to results that last for good.
The current program has been running for 7 weeks (finishes this weekend – eek!) and each week we’ve been working on building those habits that create success.
I wanted to let you know though that even on the program, with all the support and excitement of working as a team, most of the ladies have had struggles with motivation at some point.
It’s completely normal.
Being on the program they’ve had guidance from me, accountability to me and the group, plus amazing support from the other ladies, that has helped keep them going.
On your own it can be a lot harder. So I just wanted to send out this post I put out on facebook last night:
It’s ok to not feel motivated.
Often we have a goal we really want to achieve, but we feel like doing the opposite of all the things that will get us there.
We want to lose weight and get fitter, but we don’t feel like cooking a healthy meal and doing more exercise. We DO feel like sitting on the sofa with a bar of chocolate (totally know this feeling by the way).
I listened to a really good podcast today (The life school podcast by Brooke Castillo, episode 195, highly recommend). One of many things I got from it was this…
‘Not feeling like it’ is totally normal. But it is not a legitimate reason to not do something.
When you are striving to become a slimmer, happier, healthier version of yourself, you often won’t feel like doing what you need to do to get there. Change is uncomfortable. As Brooke says, ‘discomfort is the currency to your dreams.’
So you’ll experience the opposite of feeling like doing it. And that’s when you know you’re moving forward.
That’s why having a schedule to do what you need to do, and making it non-negotiable, is so key.
Whether it’s scheduling time to prepare your food for the next day, buy healthy snacks, get to the gym, go out and do your steps, or whatever else will contribute to your goals. Book them in and even if you don’t feel like it, do them anyway.
Those little things will add up. Soon you’ll start to see and feel the benefits of being more consistent. That will increase your motivation. And then you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goals
Any questions you have or help you need, just let me know.