Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Successful people often share similar traits, I like the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey and I am adapting them to fit my diet program:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Synopsis: Think ahead for weekend eats. Take responsibility for your choices and the subsequent consequences that follow.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Synopsis: The end goal is to lose weight and live a long healthy life. Envision the behaviors required to achieve the goal of losing weight and living healthy.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Synopsis: Plan the week’s diet, prioritize preparing healthy meals, and execute the plan to make it happen. Evaluate whether your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you toward goals, and enrich the roles and relationships that were elaborated in Habit 2.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Synopsis: Think about how to work together with those in my life so that we can enjoy each other’s company while still being healthy. Consider their likes and wants when planning the week and let them make some of the healthy choices. Value and respect people by understanding a "win" for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Synopsis: Consider Andy’s (the boyfriend) needs in terms of what he feels will improve our diet and health and appreciate his point of view and then share my view with him as well. This creates an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving.
Habit 6: Synergize
Synopsis: Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. Get the best performance out of a group of people through encouraging meaningful contribution, and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership. Andy is a runner, at least he used to be, and he was a good runner. Capitalize on his strengths in this area to increase my ability to run uphill and to run faster.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Synopsis: Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. Read Sparkpeople’s tips regularly and keep learning how to live a healthy lifestyle.