FOCUS, people!

I’ve been known to talk to myself.  #dontjudge  #itworks

Ask my coworkers.  They’ve heard me.  From the other side of the wall they will hear me say, “Focus, Judi!”  There are times when I’m holed up at my desk and I’m surrounding myself with loose charts, a morning snack, my laptop, and my phone dinging with texts.  Sometimes, a verbal statement to myself will help stop the numerous thoughts long enough to remember what I set out to do in the first place.  It gives me a brief reset moment to focus again. 

REFOCUS.  Just like each of us need to do occasionally with our eating habits.  Everything is all well and good, we’ve eliminated sweets, or breads, or alcohol… until that family gathering, or the birthday party, or that holiday where everything is chocolate…  So how to stay get back on track? 

Set goals you can achieve.  One strategy for doing this is employing the Kaisen Concept.  This is business tool that can be applied to your personal life as well. 

The idea is to do 1% better every single day. It’s all about small, continuous improvements. When you add them all up, they lead to the changes you want.  What’s even more amazing is that the changes created this way actually “stick.” That’s because they didn’t require any major lifestyle overhauls. Instead, they were built up over a period of time, which means you learn to MANAGE and MAINTAIN them along the way.

And that’s EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT!  To STAY FOCUSED.

To make improvements in your diet, instead of changing everything about how you eat, what if you went for the (food pun alert) low-hanging fruit?  Such as changing the things that are easiest for you to change.  Swap out your afternoon cookie for a piece of fruit. Your chips could become a handful of almonds. Instead of eating a grab-and-dash granola-bar breakfast, you could blend a protein smoothie.

Not all at once. Just one change at a time, over time. Can you see how before long, as you fold these new habits into your life, they will add up to a transformation in your life?!

There are lots of great books on the subject. One of the latest that breaks it all down with actionable tips is the bestseller Atomic Habits by James Clear.   Check out this link to see the author talking about 4 actionable steps towards forming and keeping new habits. 

It can be tempting to go for the quick fix – and it’s true that you may see some results in the short-term.  But you’re not looking to yo-yo your way through life. You’re looking to make real change that LASTS.

Give the 1% method a go this week, and let us know how it goes!

If you need help with your healthy habits, talk to your trainer about ways we might be able to help you. Click here if you want to set aside some time to talk.

Real.  Positive.  Change.  - Judi