Countless people step into January feeling uncomfortable in their skin after flipping the “off” switch during the holidays, i.e. choosing to figure out their health and weight loss later rather than now. We’ve all been there, but the illusion of there being a time in the future when it’d better to start is one we must break if we want healthy living to be our *lifestyle.* What to do if you want to start now is simpler than it often seems: move your body 4+ days a week, eat whole, high protein foods including lots of veggies, sleep enough, drink lots of water, rest, and take a little time to yourself each day. Do the unsexy basics well and you’ll go far.
When we decide to “figure it out later,” three issues are often at play: 1) we’re getting overwhelmed because we’re attempting to do 100% of the healthy behaviors out there rather than focusing on the 20% that get 80% of the results; 2) we’re setting goals without knowing what they look like in action. We know we want to, say, lose 10 lbs and feel healthier, but we aren’t making a list of the *behaviors* that need to happen each day for that to happen and then plugging them into our calendars; 3) we don’t revisit our goals on a daily basis, so they function more as wishes in the back of our minds rather than plans on our to-do lists.
Here’s what you can do about that:
1. Identify the 20% of behaviors that yield 80% of the results. Though it sounds like this involves a lot of technical know-how, it’s actually simpler than we make it seem. The 20% will always boil down to the basics that you already know are important – see above for a list.
:: 2. Spend at least 5 minutes a day looking at your list of the 20% behaviors and planning how to execute them. It’s incredible how quickly we can rise when we refocus every single day on what needs to get done. ::
An important note on joy: at the end of the day, the goal here is to move with grace, not rigidity. No matter how you feel about this time of year, taking care of your vessel will help you navigate it with more freedom.
“Now” is a mindset that unlocks the traction you’re probably looking for. (photo: @sojournersociety