This week I had the opportunity to take a course that talked about the bridge between Intentions and Execution. Intending to make changes, to exercise more, to eat healthy and the execution of those intentions.
Which of these sounds like you?
You know exactly what you need to do to be healthy, feel better, get strong, lose weight (whatever your goal) but you just don’t do it?
You don’t know exactly what to do because you are very confused by the $9.2B diet + fitness industry?
You know what to do, you intend to it, the first few days are GREAT, and then life happens and you throw up your hands and say, ‘oh well, I failed today, so ‘F-IT?’
Maybe all three of these scenarios speak to you a little bit.
I am here to tell you that it does not have to be that complicated and it does not have to be that difficult.
The ability to bridge that gap between your intention and successful execution is narrowed down to three simple things:
1. Self efficacy
2. Self monitoring
Step #1: Self efficacy
Step #1 is believing in yourself. ‘You cannot hate yourself healthy.’ Do you have confidence in your ability to make fundamental changes? When you work on your confidence, and it increases, that will help you with Step #2, self-monitoring.
Step #2: Self monitoring. Things I am NOT talking about with self-monitoring include:
- Weighing food
- Counting calories
- Counting macros
- Weighing yourself on a scale.
‘Um, Jill, how can I monitor if I don’t do those things?’
What about slowing down just a little bit and comparing where you are, to a pre-set standard? For example, if your goal is to eat 4 servings of veggies, being mindful of where and how you will get those servings in during the day. Pausing to ask yourself the question ‘Is this decision supporting the person that I want to be?”
Step #3: Planning. We do a lot of planning. Planning meals, planning workouts, planning to drink more water today than yesterday, but what about planning for obstacles? Planning for success in failure?
What happens when you go downstairs to workout or head to the gym and your child calls and they have left something at home that you now have to drop off at school? This will mess up your entire morning and your workout.
Do you say ‘f-it’ and shove a waffle in your mouth and let the workout go? If the answer is yes, What about having the waffle, and instead of the planned 45 minute workout, you go on an unplanned 30 minute walk or complete a 30 minute Peloton workout. Asking yourself ‘Who is the person that I want to be?’
1. Self efficacy
2. Self Regulation
These topics sound simple, but that does not make them easy. I can help you with this process. This is what I do.
Over the last few years, I have helped my clients:
- figure out their priorities in the wellness space.
- learn to find that balance between vices and virtues
- clear up the misconceptions and clarify what is important and why
More importantly, my clients successes include:
Fitting into pre-kid jeans