The secret to permanent weight loss and vibrant health is to continue to make very small positive changes over a long period of time.
Look at all of the amazing shifts you have made in your habits and relationship with food over the past 11 weeks. Most of them happened slowly and yet look how much they are now part of your normal routine and awareness.
Trying to drink more water. Watching the grams of sugar. Keeping a food log. Getting into a routine of meal planning. Each of these things has been cumbersome at some point, but now some of this stuff may even feel almost natural to you.
It’s exciting to see what small changes can do over time – if you allow it.
So, now the challenge is how to keep going.
How do you make sure your progress continues for the rest of time outside of this program.
I would break it down to these three things:
You’ve already learned and established a new habit of checking in with yourself after you eat. Noticing how you feel.
This one thing alone will ensure ongoing success for you. Because as long as you practice this awareness, you will reinforce what makes you feel good and what makes you feel bad. And, you will always gravitate toward the things that make you feel good. (When you don’t, your body will let you know and will help you remember to make a different choice next time.)
Setting Small Goals
It helps to have ongoing goals. Always have one thing you are working on. One new habit.
- What action can you take to set up this new habit?
- What trigger can you create for yourself?
- What reward can you set in place?
Keep practicing until it feels almost effortless. One small improvement at a time, you will see long-lasting results.
It also helps to have a little accountability. Find someone to support you in your efforts and set up a process to ‘check-in’ or ‘report back’ on your progress.
Ongoing Education & Inspiration
It’s also incredibly important to keep learning and to keep filling your brain with information that supports your goals. It’s too hard to get distracted by the noise out there in the world of health and fitness. Instead, we have to remember to keep coming back to our own internal wisdom and to keep ourselves inspired so we keep moving forward.
Whether it’s planting a few good resources into your Facebook feed. Or watching a documentary or TED Talk. Or subscribing to a few newsletters. Or reading a new book. Keep adding more information into your environment so you stay dialed into your commitment and continued progress.
When you need a little inspiration – here’s a good list to choose from: