I appreciate all the feedback and comments, everyone! I apologize for being so late in responding - I wasn’t getting the updates from this article’s thread. I’m excited to know that you’re all being more mindful of your healthy (and unhealthy) habits!
MILLIFRED & 135GOALWEIGHT - I think it’s great that you’ve found tracking your food intake and counting calories to be helpful for you! As important as it is to keep track of what you eat, committing to noting numbers every single day can get boring and brain-numbing after a while. The last thing you want is to lose motivation because your calorie-counting system is too taxing! Some days, instead of writing down every bite, it can be helpful to plan ahead and have all the healthy foods you like on-hand (and make sure there are no high-cal temptations around). When you make it super-easy to make healthy choices, you can put down your pen for a day and practice eating when you’re really hungry (which is what we all aspire to, anyway, right?!).
NOTBUYINGIT! - YES! You’re in a great place if all of those inner motivations are what move you forward! Many people need an extra ‘nudge’ to reach beyond their current level of wellness. Planning external incentives (like buying a piece of jewelry or a golf lesson if you meet a wellness goal) is the proven way to help folks START practicing a NEW healthy habit. I’m not saying that those external incentives should stay in place forever. Once you’ve made a new goal into a habit (walking daily, taking the stairs, or choosing fresh fruits over sugary sweets), internal motivators will start to take over and feeling good about your healthy actions will be all you need to keep doing them!
KITTYROX - Get those Zzzzz’s, girl! Lack of sleep can make you feel fuzzy, eat more frequently, and grab for unhealthy snacks. Good for you for starting to listen to your body and rest when you need to!
Great work everyone! Keep breaking those unhealthy habits one by one, and you’ll be on the fast track to overall wellness!
Cheers & Be Sparked!
Coach Meg, MA, BCBA
- 4/30/2013 9:51:18 AM