Are you unknowingly sabotaging your health goals? Small actions can make a big difference. Often, we are focusing so much on food-related habits that we forget some of the non-food related habits. It takes both types of habits can help us achieve our desired health goals.
You’ve ditched the processed junk foods and started bringing healthy lunches to work. These are powerful first steps that sound simple but make a profound impact. You even saw some significant improvements in the beginning, but you’ve seemed to hit a plateau. So, what’s going on?
While eating clean is of the utmost importance when paving a healthier path, there could be some non-food related reasons why you’re not seeing or feeling any improvements lately. Are you sabotaging your health goals with some of these non-food related behaviors?
“What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.” ~ Madeleine Albright
Being too focused on the scale
When you feel like you’re doing all the right things, it can be frustrating not to see or feel any improvements — try not to get discouraged, though. We tend to measure our success by the number staring back at us on our scale, which isn’t an effective way to gauge our progress. With things like fluid fluctuations and building muscle, the scale can be deceptive. It is most practical and accurate to assess our growth by how we feel and how our clothes are fitting. Don’t let the scale tell you how you’re feeling; you are far more than that number.
If you’re eating healthy and not prioritizing exercise of some sort, you will likely hit that plateau. While eating clean is a crucial piece of staying healthy, exercise is the other puzzle piece necessary to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. You don’t need to workout in the gym for an hour every day if you don’t want to but at the very least, walk briskly for 20 to 30 minutes each day. Find the exercise that fits into your schedule and that you enjoy the most.
Exercising too much
And yes, there’s a fine line to walk with exercise. If you don’t exercise enough, it’s not ideal — but if you exercise too much it causes stress and impairs your adrenal hormone production. So if you’re working out too much in hopes to reach your goals faster, take a couple of days off and reevaluate your workout strategy for better results, like with yoga and weights instead. Contrary to what you might think, weights are an important part of an exercise that will help you build a stronger body, even when your body is at rest.
You’re still drinking sugar
Sure, you eat salads and healthy meals all day long but your morning coffee is filled with cream and sugar. Or you’re drinking fruit juices or diet soda. If this is a struggle, make it a goal this week to begin making some changes in this area. Is your drink of choice is something other than water? Begin trading water in for your beverage of choice until you crave water more than that sugary drink. It will happen, I assure you! Try flavored sparkling water like LaCroix to satisfy the bubbly craving, and infuse your water with fruit to add some flavor. Given the cooler weather, you might also try herbal teas that provide many benefits in addition to warming your hands!
One thing I’ve caught myself doing lately is forgetting to drink enough water.
I know the importance of staying hydrated. I can feel the benefits. And yet, without being intentional about it, I can let the habit falter. When I am dehydrated I tend to eat more and snack more. These tendencies are not good for my health goals and can get me discouraged. Simple solution, plan for my daily water intake by filling 3 water bottles every morning.
So when you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, reevaluate the non-food related daily habits that may be hindering your progress. Don’t sabotage your own health goals. Take the time to notice your habits. And then take action!
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~ Pablo Picasso
Looking for some accountability and support?
I invite you to call me! I offer a JUMPSTART Your Healthy Habits Breakthrough Session for new clients. In this session, we will spend 40 minutes examining the health goals you desire. We will then pick one and identify one next step. Are you ready?
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