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Habits Are Habits

quotescover-JPG-9Usually we talk nutrition habits around these here parts, but my friend and fellow coach Josh Hillis just wrote a great article about training habits that I wanted to share.

The bottom line is this – habit formation, nutrition, exercise, quitting smoking, it doesn’t matter -the principles are the same.

  1. Focus on habits, not outcomes
  2. Go small and win rather than biting off more than you can chew
  3. Do it often enough to let it become your “new normal”
  4. Tie the new habit into something you already do
  5. Do it with someone else

Read Josh’s Article “Building a Workout Habit – Avoiding the 5 Most Common Mistakes”

Reading great stuff from smart people is a fantastic habit too!

Habit Based Coaching

"Just tell me what to do!"

"If you give me a meal plan I'll follow it."

"If I just had a few more recipes that would help."

Those are all things I have heard many times as a nutrition coach.

And I get it. You just want help getting back on track, and you want to make it as easy as possible.

But what if being told what to do actually hurts you in the long run?

Have you ever gone on a "diet" or done a 6 or 8 week challenge and made really good progress? Me too. But what happens after the challenge is over or you get bored of the diet?

Things just go back to the way they were. We do what we are used to doing. We revert back to our habits.

Which is exactly why we want to create new habits, rather than just relying on being told what to do.

Let's say you are struggling with dinners right now. Work is crazy, the kids have you running all over the place, it's just easier to go through the drive-through.

Which has resulted in you gaining 10 pounds over the last year.

So how can we tackle that?

Well, which of these 3 would help you the most getting control of dinner?

  1. Planning
  2. Preparation
  3. Having a healthy drive through option

You get to choose the one you focus on, and then we follow through to make sure you have what you need to successfully create a new habit. You can also scale the habit in order to create success. If you choose "planning" as your new habit, how many dinner meals a week can you plan? 2, 3, all 7? The number doesn't matter, what does matter is that you are confident you can do it, because success breeds more success.

And when it becomes your habit to plan your meals, you won't find yourself in the emergency drive-through situation anymore. In fact it will seem weird to even consider the drive-through.

That's how lasting change is made.

When it becomes your first instinct to make the best right choice, eating becomes guilt-free and a lot easier.

And who doesn't want that?

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