Changing lifelong habits and beliefs is never easy. Lifestyle changes can be exciting and emotion-filled experiences. However, it’s well-documented that major life changes can be very stressful. This stress is usually associated with things like getting married, moving, having a child, losing a loved one, or changing jobs. All of these things involve lifestyle changes.
It’s human nature to gravitate towards what you know, rather than follow an unfamiliar or uncomfortable path. At some point, you will experience a setback or stumbling block. However, if you know that this will happen, you can be proactive. What you want to do is put strategies into place that minimize possible negative effects. For this, you will need to do some brainstorming and planning.
Identify the areas where you or others are likely to throw a monkey-wrench into the works. For example, if someone isn’t supportive of you walking in the park, be prepared for possible manipulation attempts or disagreements that are intended to keep you from walking. Plan how you will respond to objections.
If you tend to have trouble sticking to your exercise schedule, because you just don’t “feel” like doing it today. Make a compromise with yourself for today. Commit to doing half of your routine. The chances are high that if you make it half way through, you can push forward to do the other half. Don’t make a habit of compromising. If it’s a daily issue for more than a week, consider altering your routine by cutting it down a little. Instead of trying to walk a mile, walk 2/3 of a mile.
Another thing to consider is the kids. If they are used to you being there for/with them, you may get some resistance from them when you start doing things to meet your own needs and goals. Plan how you can show them that they are still important to you. Consider taking them with you occasionally. But most importantly, explain why you are changing the way you do things, why it’s important to you, and how they can help you by being part of your support “team.”
When you feel stressed or frustrated, take a few minutes to focus on healthy stress-relieving activities. Breathe deeply, drink herbal tea, listen to music, listen to a motivational audio series, read or look at something funny, hug someone, draw or sketch, write in your journal, walk or run it off, or spend time with your pet. If stress is a daily issue, consider adding a stress-free time block to your daily schedule.
TODAY’S ACTION STEPS:
1) Log in to the Fitness App on your COMPUTER – https://doctorvenus.com/app-login/ – and go to the FORMS tab.
2) If you haven’t completed the Client Agreement form and the PAR-Q form from Day 1’s ACTION STEPS, do that today and sign them. Be sure to click SAVE when you’re done. (You can not receive the meal plan and workout plan when they are released until we have those completed forms on file.)
3) Go to the Set Your Goals form and answer questions 10, 11, 12. (If you missed this week’s coaching call, read transcript or watch video in Day 4 module before answering these questions.) Be sure to click SAVE when you’re done. Don’t sign it yet (you can’t come back to edit and add on to it once you sign it).
4) If you haven’t done so yet, join us in the Facebook group and introduce yourself! https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeamDrVenus/