Do the Small Things
At this point you should have 3 list created thus far. One from First Steps, one from Evaluating Yourself, and the third from Daytime Hours. With your lists and answers to the previous posts’ questions, we’re going to help you define what a small change is for you with the following questions:
- What do you do when you’re upset or stressed?
- Do you give yourself any “me” time when you have deadlines to meet?
- Why do you eat?
For question one, if your answer was along the lines of, “I eat or go watch TV’, a small change for you would be to go take a 10 minute power walk and earn that food. If you prefer watching TV, do ten 15 second planks. If you are always on the go due to work, give yourself 10 minutes of silence without work or anything else. Find somewhere quiet to sit or walk up and down a few flights of stairs instead. My recommendation is the stairs. Your labored breathing will be the only thing on your mind. The third question is a bit tricky.
Sometimes it’s not always easy to tell if you’re eating because you are hungry or due to boredom or something else. We are all surrounded by food and believe it or not, what and why you eat has a large impact on your body chemistry. The chances of you successfully changing how you eat, what you eat, when you eat, and doing fitness all at once are slim. That’s why the small changes are so important. What we want you to do is have high focus on one small change at a time. This will aid you in your overall lifestyle change. Write down a list of 5 small changes and commit to starting small change #1 today!