Have you ever wondered how long it takes to make meaningful change in your life? Turns out, it takes 21 days! This is probably why New Year's Resolutions have such a high failure rate. People set a goal for the New Year but when they don't see results right away, it is back to the old routine. Turns out making change can be hard! After all, your current routine wasn't built in a day - it has developed over time and is comfortable and familiar.
So how can you make meaningful change in your life and make it your new routine? The best way is to take small steps and monitor the change you made. For example, if you want to eat healthy, don't throw out all of the snacks in the cupboard. Instead, make one simple change. Try to have a meat-free dinner one night a week; eat two veggies with a lean protein two nights a week or make your lunch two days a week.
If you break down the change you would like to make into reasonable small steps, it will be much easier for it to become part of your normal routine. Once you've started making the change, write it down. I like using a calendar (not my phone calendar) to write down what fitness routine I plan on doing each day of the week. It keeps me motivated to go to the gym or class that I booked!
You can use this method for food changes you plan on making. Very similar to making a grocery list, write down what you are going to make for lunch those two days or write down the name of the meat-free dinner recipe you are going to cook. Not only will this remind you of the change you want to make but you can then look back over time to see your progress!
Once you've made the change and it starts to become routine - don't forget to reward yourself. Maybe it is a simple reward - like a new container to carry your lunch in that you are now making for yourself. Or maybe it is a new workout top because you are going to the gym more regularly.
One key point to remember about making a change, do not make it overly restrictive. If you do, there is a good chance you will not be able to stick to it. A balanced approach will set you up for success! By being overly restrictive, such as eliminating a food group from your diet or forcing yourself to go to the gym 7 days a week, is going to be so overwhelming you won't be able to stick to it.
We all need the opportunity to take a rest day or two from exercising or having a cookie when we want it. If you are embarking on a change in your life, how are you making sure you stick to the change? Tell me your tips & tricks! Follow my blog at Bloglovin.