Sometimes I feel like a broken record, but I understand that we need to be in the right frame of mind in order for the changes to stick. In my mentoring group, Lonnie has a great saying, Know thyself! When it comes to changes, people are in one of two camps, either you upgrade or you overhaul. Neither way is better than the other. The key is just to know which you actually are. And that answer is not which ever way you’ve always gone about things in the past (look at your long term success rate, and decide if your way is effective for you).
As I’ve talked about before, Gretchen Rubin is awesome when it comes to creating habits, and I’m not going to reinvent the wheel on that one. I will encourage you to look up her information. (Total side note, we are starting a virtual book club reading The Happiness Project, comment below if you want to join us.) She talks about moderation and abstinence, morning person and night owl, and the four tendencies. Through all of these, she emphasizes to own who you are. No one type of person is better than another, so no need to change who you are. Just need to own who you are and work the strengths to your strengths, and have a plan to overcome the faults within the type.
So, are you an upgrader or an overhauler?
Let’s see which of these suit you:
I’m most def an overhaul kind of girl. .On my weight loss journey, I went from outta shape, eating out everyday, more alcohol than necessary to eating every 3 hours, working out 6 times a week, no alcohol, and preparing all food myself. When I first tried paleo (January will be 8 years ago?!), I followed a strict 6 week plan. When I was diagnosed with PA, I researched and did an autoimmune elimination diet. In all of these situations, I jumped in for a short, predetermined time. Ht weight loss was 12 weeks, and the other two were six weeks. Each time, I knew the intensity was temporary, which allowed me to push thru. I also knew that I wasn’t “going back” to old habits. I listened to my body to determine what was working and what I needed to tweak. After the intense period, I re-evaluated what was long term, lifestyle for me.
As we get ready to head into a new year, it is a great time to evaluate where you are, where you want to be, and what changes you’ll implement to get there. I’d love if you’d leave a comment with the changes you plan to implement!