Trainer Tip Tuesday: Not sure where to start? Try at the beginning
Today’s Tip: When you need to make changes, but don’t know where to start, start at the beginning–of your day, that is!
Many of the challenges and pitfalls we encounter later in the day with willpower, nutrition, positive thinking/frustration, or exercise can be alleviated–and sometimes totally avoided–by tweaking one behavior, action or procedure you have in the mornings.
Recently, I was talking with one of my clients about how we can start to tune up her diet by making one impactful change at a time, rather than throwing the baby out with the bathwater and implementing a totally new eating plan (aka: making her follow an arbitrary diet).
We talked about when in the day she feels her willpower and judgment fade the most, and it was in the evenings after working all day and going to the gym right afterwards.
By the time she got home, it was game on/insert food here QUICK!!
Which made total sense after we took a look at her food journals from the week before! See, they come in pretty handy 🙂
It turned out, she was eating very little for breakfast, surviving on coffee until 1 pm, then having whatever she could easily grab for lunch, then white-knuckling through the rest of the afternoon, her class and the drive home.
So we started at the beginning! Instead of trying to address late-day willpower and cravings issues, we decided to implement one change–to eat a nourishing breakfast.
After she did this for a week, the afternoon issues basically solved themselves AND she felt so much better all morning long and started investing in a more nutritious, but easy to grab, lunch, too.
One simple change at the beginning of the day impacted the next 10-12 hours.
So if you need to make changes, but don’t know where to start, look at the beginning of your day for possible solutions.
Look at your morning patterns, and think about what’s helpful or unhelpful about your actions.
Keep your changes simple, test drive them for 7-14 days, and see how making those adjustments works for you!
Start small, stay consistent, stay tenacious.
Never underestimate the power of consistent, incremental change.