1. Start small. Give up a few things at a time. Don’t go cold turkey on anything and everything you love. It’s good to give up at least 1-2 unhealthy habits every 21 days.
2. Set mini goals: Setting goals is important to determine where you’re heading and to know you’ve accomplished what you were seeking once you get there. Set mini goals that aid in getting you that much closer to a long term goal. Mini goals will help you form those short term habits in 21 days.
3. Have a plan of attack: Purchase a program and nutrition guide that you use as the foundation for the changes you are making. Emphasis on the purchase. Yes, you could create your own; but in my opinion, you’re much more likely to stick to something you’ve invested in. It doesn’t have to be super costly.
Along with having a plan, have daily tasks to accomplish for consistency and a standard for yourself over the 21 days.
4. Remove temptation. Don’t even buy those unhealthy snacks. If there in the house, get rid of them! But don’t use this as an excuse to eat every unhealthy item before you start, just throw it away!
5. Circle the goal date (21 days from start date) on a calendar you see each day. Hang the calendar on the fridge or your bathroom mirror for a daily reminder.
6. Change something in your environment along with this new healthy habit you’re making. For example, rearrange your room or clean out your closet. These things will be a daily reminder that you’re refreshing your lifestyle and will enhance your mood as you create healthier habits.
7. Get your family on board. If you have a husband and kids, (or your roommate) you need them on your side. Convince them to make changes with you, or ask them to be supportive. It’s going to make it so much harder to change if you have someone asking you out to ice cream or pizza every night.
8. Share your goals with 10 people. If several people know what you’re aiming to do, you’re going to be more inclined to accomplish your goals.
9. Don’t cheat: for 21 days don’t cheat. I know I typically say give yourself cheat days but this is different. To form a habit you have to be consistent for 21 days, don’t give yourself a cheat day in this time or you may have to start over.
10. Determine your why. What’s the purpose of forming a healthier habit? Is it for you and your own health? Is it for your Grandchildren or your kids? Are you doing this to feel confident on an upcoming vacation or to have more energy? Determine why you're starting the new lifestyle and write it down!
11. Join an accountability group. Having communication with several people who have the same goals is incredibly advantageous. Sharing struggles, accomplishments and daily motivations will help you stay on track as well as help others in your group. If you'd like to join my accountability group fill out the form below!