Putting It All Together

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Leading a healthy lifestyle has many of parts to it. Putting everything together to make a long lasting lifestyle change can be a challenge. Today I will be sharing some of my best tips to help you make the changes stick and of course what to focus on whats important to make this happen.

Thing #1 – Let go of the past

Regardless of how many times you have tried to lose weight, failures challenges anything like that. To move forward we need to re frame what those experiences mean to us. Rather than letting these past experiences shape our future in a negative way. Moving past this allows us to fully focus on the future where we can change. Because we can’t change the past, but we can influence the future.

Thing #2 – Make small changes

The temptation when start a new weight loss journey is to change every aspect of our lives all at once. The problem with this is it becomes to much to manage. I teach my clients and the people in my community to change one thing at a time. I believe there is straight line from where we are to where we want to go. The challenge is we tend to get of course at various time and sometime we get so off course we end never being able to get to our destination. I always teach getting back on the right path.

There are a handful of things done well and done repeatedly will get you results. Things like going to bed early, drinking water, eating good food. Exercising, and managing stress. There are many more and it varies from person to person the key really is to get back to basics everyday.

Thing#3 – Accept there is no magic bullet

If you have had the same road block come up over and over again. there is something happening that needs to be addressed. Looking for quick fixes and the short cuts often only end up leading you down the path of weight loss, weight gain or yo yo dieting. which over time slowly adds weight and makes it harder to lose. All the successful people i have trained to lose weight and keep it off, have taken responsibility of there own health and make it happen. If you are looking for a miracle cure, it doesn’t exist. but there is hope all you need to do is develop yourself and take ownership of your life.

Thing #4 – Record your progress

Its important to write down and record what you are doing. When you do this you’ll be surprised at what happens. I suggest you keep a food dairy each day for a week. The 7 day meal plan we give away for free has this built into it. Challenge yourself and see what happens when you keep a food diary. This process of reflection and monitoring your habits can show you so much about your habits. Stuff you might not even thought about I highly encourage you to try it. Just use your smart phone open up a note pad app or something similar apps like my fitness pal might be helpful too.

As you know the process can seem daunting but it is worth doing because in the long run you will be much better off, healthy, happy and having more energy. To learn more about this stuff be sure to check out the 8 week clean eating challenge. Click on the link below to find out more about it.

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  • Christina

    Reply Reply November 29, 2015

    Thanks for touching on meal planning here, this is something that I swear by. I usually do all of my chopping of fresh veg on the day I buy it too to ensure nothing is wasted. Having things pre-prepared stops me from getting lazy – I can still whip up a healthy meal. Batch cooking is another helpful tip – doing a big cook up and then freezing the week’s meals.

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 2, 2015

      Prior planning prevents poor performance, I also find its cheaper too as we can make the food go along way so to speak. Plus there is always healthy frozen food on hand “In case” of emergency’s. Its a good habit to get into, I really like the slow cooker makes things super easy. Thanks for sharing Christina!

  • StacyK

    Reply Reply November 30, 2015

    This was a great reminder to get back to the basics! Sometimes, everything is a bit simpler than we think it is. For me, it’s just a bit hard to constantly stay positive and focused. But, I think you are right that regularly reevaluating our goals is a super important habit to get into!

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 2, 2015

      Its ok and natural to change our goals. Goals can be limiting sometimes if they aren’t flexible. another way to think of goals is to think of them as milestones marking the way along the journey. Thanks for sharing Stacy!

  • Maddie

    Reply Reply December 1, 2015

    I have recently gotten a bit off track with my weight loss journey but this post motivated me a lot and I found it very useful. Thanks for sharing!

    • Chris Bridger

      Reply Reply December 2, 2015

      No problem Maddie, It happens stay motivated!

  • Emily

    Reply Reply December 10, 2015

    It is so true that you are what you eat. I definitely feel better when I eat real food and not processed food or fast food. It’s so hard sometimes because I am not really good at planning out all my meals. Usually I don’t plan enough snacks and don’t make the best decisions when I am hungry. I think I just need to plan extra healthy snacks and I would do much better.

  • Jennifer

    Reply Reply December 14, 2015

    Planning meals and snacks makes a huge difference. When I go out to eat with friends, it can be very challenging. Luckily most places we go have some good food options. Sometimes the portions are too big so I learned to just eat less of it. I’ve also learned to go out earlier so I can go to bed on time during the week. I try to stay in a good steady routine which seems to really help.

  • Cristina

    Reply Reply December 18, 2015

    Excellent post and on an important subject, too. It’s crucial to add it all up for the best results; you can’t pick and choose what you want to do in order to be healthy.

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