Where the Magic Happens
Did you ever try a new diet plan? You're all excited for what the first day brings. You work the plan until about day three when it becomes challenging. Maybe work was overly stressful, or your babysitter called saying the kids were all sick, or after a long day of work you find your car tire flat. Whatever happened, things get all off kilter and you throw in the towel to your new way of eating and order pizza for everyone.
The pizza wasn't the big issue. It really isn't. It was your comfort zone was pizza and that didn't fit in the plan. One of two things need to happen.
ONE, your new version of eating healthy could shift so that it included pizza and any of the other foods you already feel comfortable eating. "Comfort Foods" get their name for a reason. Of course if you keep on eating what you've always been eating; the changes you desire just won't happen.
TWO, you could change what makes you comfortable, what your go to foods are, what you reach for when things go crazy to fit inside your new style of eating. This might be a bit more challenging as it requires a bit of exploring and experimenting. By dialing in your habits so they become natural will curtail the knee jerk reaction to buy pizza.
How in the world do you do this?
Practice Practice Practice.......
Each day is our chance to practice. Think of it like practicing your golf swing. No one is good at it the first time up to the tee. In fact many times we miss the ball totally the first time but after a bit of time, some help from a coach, encouragement from peers, you get better.
Your experience with new skills will involve some mishaps- some missed balls. That's okay. Its practice. I know many of us want to be perfect and not let others see our mishaps. But you are human and so are we. You'll get back up and keep on practicing.
So you choose whether you want to stay comfortable or get a bit uncomfortable and start practicing.
(I wish I could remember where this wonderful diagram originally came from as I would like to give credit to where it is due. )
Move your comfort zone closer to where the Magic Happens.
To Your Best Health,