Part 2 of 6—“Mindfulness Matters”
Now that you have found or created your Fitness Avatar photo, what should you do with it? After all, these tricks will only work if you USE them. Some people have them in their Food Journal, some tuck them into a favorite book or diary, and some tape them to the mirror. I also have some clients who post their Avatars on their refrigerators—which is a great location for discouraging mindless snacking!
“Mindless” is a very important word here. It’s something we all do. We eat automatically, without thinking of the consequences or the real necessity. Get stuck in the middle of a complicated project? Time for a mocha latte! Win a coveted promotion? Cupcakes for everyone! Early morning meeting? Donuts for sure! I don’t know about you, but none of those things is going to help me look lean and healthy. Consider the following quote:
“With Great Hotness comes Great Responsibility!”—
Haley Dunphy, “Modern Family”
All kidding aside, you can’t expect to change your body effortlessly, without a committed effort and a reasonable plan. Especially in the beginning days of a new weight loss and fitness program, you must be mindful of the changes you are making in your daily routine. Consider your plans for the day, and think of alternatives to those sabotaging situations that are going to tank every bit of progress you have made.
Trick #2—“Be Mindful in Taking Healthy Action!”
Instead of a mocha latte, how about green tea, which contains fat-burning properties? Celebrating doesn’t have to mean cupcakes, it can mean a walk on the beach, a toast with sparkling water, or a special dinner out at your favorite (healthy) restaurant. And if you have your morning oatmeal before your early meeting, those donuts won’t be nearly as tempting—especially if you use one of the hundreds of deliciously healthy oatmeal recipes that abound on Pinterest and clean eating websites (send me your favorites!!)
We live in a culture of distraction. Every single day, we are bombarded with information from a multitude of sources. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and forget that you have just made a commitment to a new, active and healthy lifestyle. That’s why it’s so important to be Mindful. Doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results is a kind of insanity. You must consciously make the choice to be healthy, to move your body, to fuel your workouts with a lean, green Food Plan.
If you keep doing the same thing you have always done, you will continue to have the same body you have always had. Do something different, eat something different, and your body will change. That is a powerful thing to remember when making choices about your daily schedule.
Use your calendar to remind yourself to eat better—actually write in meal and snack times, filling in what you plan to eat. If you keep a Food Journal, that will work too. So much of what we do is repetitive, habitual, and mindless, and it can lock you into a very unhealthy state of mind and body.
If you want to make real changes in your body and in your life, you must be Mindful!
As always, contact me for more information: Nancy@N2Fitness.com