"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12
Tackling change can be a daunting and an overwhelming undertaking sometimes, especially when you are embarking on a body transformation. In fact I think it can be so overwhelming, people don’t even try, or at the very least they give it a shot, but quit if they don’t see immediate results.
What if you had a different perspective on your body transformation? What if you just tried to do one thing 1% better today than you did yesterday? If you are like most people your first response is that it will take way too long to see results, I want results NOW. If you had that thought, ask yourself this question, “how is the quick fix approach been working for me so far?” If you are like most people I am guessing it has gotten you to the point where you are frustrated and sick and tired of losing and regaining the same weight over and over again.
So why not try a different approach. The long term sustainable weight loss approach. The approach of trying to get 1% better today than I was yesterday. What does that look like? Maybe you are chronically sleep deprived because you don’t go to bed until 1am every morning. Maybe that 1% is starting to go to sleep 30 minutes earlier. Is that going to rock your world? Probably not, but it’s a start and over time you can work on getting to bed a little earlier and before you know it you have fallen into a better sleep pattern.
Try These 3 Things to Get 1% Better:
1. Focus on one thing at a time. What is one area that is holding you back in regards to nutrition, movement, mindset, your spiritual life or recovery? Tackle one area at a time and just focus on that for a couple of weeks. Once it becomes a habit and you don’t have to think about it anymore move on to the next habit.
2. Set a realistic goal. What happens often times people set too big of a stretch goal and they can’t sustain it and they give up too soon. Your confidence level should be a 9 or 10 that you can do this habit every day. If not, you bit off more than you can chew. Set yourself up for success. For example if you are eating one serving of vegetables a day, don’t try to jump to five servings, just see if you can add another serving over the next two weeks. Get 1% better.
3. Enjoy the process. Making changes can be hard, but really it’s about the journey and not necessarily the end result that is the most important. See how much you can learn about yourself and your body in the process. Think of the journey as the destination and the process as the goal.
Change is a process and it doesn’t happen overnight. Love yourself where you are, but continually seek self-improvement. Be patient with yourself and know there are going to be plenty of bumps along the way. The most important thing on your journey isn’t what you accomplish, it’s the type of person you become.
I like to focus on this scripture when my patience is being challenged. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12
Focus on getting 1% better in one area of your life and you will be amazed with the transformation that takes place. I would love to partner with you on your journey of getting 1% better. Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to start your transformation today.
Troy Ismir, MS
Health Coach and Personal Trainer