Did you make resolutions this year to eat better, lose weight, take better care of yourself? Losing weight is traditionally one of the most popular resolutions of all time. But more often than not, people tend to give up early in the new year.
Have you given up yet?
I hope not. Because while it’s hard work to lose weight, it’s actually the tiny decisions that you made every day that got you where you are now. And you can make better decisions now to help you get to where you want to be.
If you haven’t read The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, I highly recommend you checking it out. The book talks about how little actions, done over and over again, can affect big change over time.
This goes well beyond your health and fitness, but that’s where I think you’ll see the biggest change. Little decisions can make a huge difference. Decisions like:
- Forgoing the cream and/or sugar in your coffee
- Choosing a chicken sandwich over the greasy burger
- Eating in instead of dining out
- Going on a walk before sitting down for the day
- Ordering a salad instead of french fries
- Having an apple instead of apple pie
- Playing a card game instead of watching TV (and snacking)
- Reaching for the water instead of the soda
I’m not saying that you need to change every habit, all at once. But you do need to choose a few little things to change, then be consistent.
For me? I’ve put together an actionable plan that I’ve started implementing. I have a new year of nutrition and exercise mapped out to help me look at the big picture.
I really fell off the wagon at the end of last year. I was so excited to do Shift Shop, but when I got injured I watched the scale move in the wrong direction.
Now, I’m starting every day with an energy drink, then doing my Obsession workout. Before the program is officially released, I’m conditioning myself to be ready for it with the preview workouts.
In terms of making small changes that compound to affect big change, I’m much more mindful now of what I’m eating. I am eating for the body I want, not the body I have. I’m eating more like an athlete, and not like a sloth. And I’m choosing to make the right decisions about my time, nutrition and exercise.
Compounded, over time, I know these decisions will make for a very successful 2018.
What are the little changes are you making this year?