Change your life completely or maybe just give it a little tweak…..
With so many diet and exercise rules and regulations governing our every move it becomes nearly impossible to stay on track and achieve our goals. But with tiny changes in our lives massively increasing our chance of personal and business success, we need to focus more on taking the little steps whilst still having the big picture in mind.
Sure, when you get to your big picture there is no feeling like it but I truly believe that the fastest way on your big picture journey is setting small achievable goals that will keep you on track and not tempted to fall off the bandwagon completely.
Raw food diets, no coffee, no carbs, no eating after 6, exercise first thing in the morning with 4 shots of coffee and no food in your belly for maximum results, the list is endless.
With all the head clutter of what we should be doing and the best way to do it, it’s easy to loose sight of the main goal. Wellness. Oh I love that word. A mind, body and soul connection where I am in a place of acceptance, health and gratitude and not in a state of guilt ridden personal punishment. Well that’s my version of it anyway.
This blog topic was born after I had a conversation with Andrew about his exercise and eating habits over the past 6 months. His response was “after Melbourne I will be back on track”. I questioned what this ‘back on track’ was referring too and the response I got was that he was embarking on an extremely healthy diet of mainly raw food and up to two exercise sessions per day. The attitude of an extremist and it absolutely shits me (don’t worry, he knows this).
At the time, Melbourne was still two weeks away. Why not just go for a run now? My dad used to say to me, healthy eating and exercise is a part of life and life doesn’t stop when you’re on holidays.
I’ve taken this philosophy with me through life. So many of my friends decide to go on fad diets with the before and afters looking like the biggest warm up and warm down of face stuffing that they can muster. Why I say?! Why not just eat healthy ‘most’ of the time. Surely that’s heaps easier and usually with better, long lasting results.
So, do you go on the complete raw food diet or perhaps tweak your mid week diet to resemble mostly raw food and leave the weekend’s to be more relaxed?
My eight tips for giving your life a little tweak:
- Hot lemon and water first thing in the morning. The juice of half a lemon will cleanse and kick start your metabolism for the day. Don’t worry too much about the amount, just throw in what ever amount of juice you have and if you forget one morning, do it the next.
- Go for a ten minute run. If you sleep in or can’t quite find your usual 30 minutes for a solid session then take what you can get. In my house, if Andrew has the kids breakfast under control or if he can stay for an extra 15 minutes before work then that’s my cue to get out and pound the pavement with whatever time is available.
- Eat as healthy as you can during the week but that doesn’t have to mean following a strict diet. Eat your delicious curries but try substituting the rice for sweet potato or cauliflower smash. Eat the kids bolognaise and lasagne but make a huge spinach salad to have with it so you are reducing your portion size. I try really hard during the week to eat as clean as possible as I know the weekends will be full of catch ups and outings and the last thing I was to be doing is focusing on what I eat. My weekends are about total enjoyment.
- Love your coffee?! I absolutely do! Instead of thinking about how bad it is for you and how you should cut down or god forbid cut coffee out completely, have a big glass of water to rehydrate after every cup. And if you love sugar in your coffee then try having half a teaspoon less then you normally would.
- Forget the juice cleanse and just make yourself a juice! Focus on getting one homemade healthy juice in to your body everyday.
- Get creative and use what ever you have in your fridge. Don’t get caught up trying to be exact with recipes. Add whatever veggie is in your fridge to your meal and don’t be afraid to double it. This goes for juicing too. Don’t get caught up on having the right kind of combination juice for the right time of day or the right season. Just make a juice from the convenience of your fridge and you will find you make a lot more of them.
- Go for big walks or use the hotel gym on your holiday. By just doing a little bit of exercise on your holiday will not only make the food taste so much better because let’s face it, holidays are all about eating!! But it will be a lot easier to pick up your usual routine when you get home. The less work you have to do to look and feel yourself again, the more likely you will do it.
- Add chia seeds or mila to your cereal, porridge, yoghurt or to anything else that is appropriate. This tiny bit of added goodness will give your body that little extra boost that is always needed.
All to often I see eating binges before diets, hard yakka training for a fun run only to not run again for the next 6 months and goals go out the window because the end result seems out of reach.
If we could get in the habit of tweaking little bits and pieces of our life that we want to change or improve we would be more likely to form a habit and the roll on effect will make your goal that much easier to achieve.
If you look up at a hill that looks incredible steep you are more likely to give up and walk away. If that hill has been gradually worked on over time then the climb won’t seem too far out of your reach and you will continue your climb.
What little things in life could you tweak to stay on track and reach your bigger goal?
I would love to hear your suggestions.