The Challenge Of Change
Change is an uncomfortable process, always.
There’s no way around it.
It’s a hot pot of emotions, stirring around each other and bubbling to the surface randomly. In your pot there’s probably some sadness regarding the ‘loss’ of something you’re leaving behind, a bit of fear of the unknown, in the way that the change will affect you. Will it be good or bad? Will I be successful or will I mess it up? There will also be some resentment in the mix there, WHY do I have to change? This is so unfair! Hopefully there is also excitement, because you’re making changes in the hopes for something BETTER for yourself.
We just finished up our first 6 Week Nutrition Reset at Women of Treign and during the last six weeks we asked our girls to make a lot of changes. We asked them to change the way they think about training, nutrition and their lifestyles. We asked them to change their eating habits, and their daily routines. We asked them to introduce new behaviours they weren’t used to, and it got me thinking about the difficulty of change.
When you’re making changes to improve your health, quite often you’ll be looking at multiple areas. You’re probably implementing a new training program as well as new nutrition and lifestyle guidelines, including sleep and stress practices. That’s a lot for your body and your brain to adjust to at once, but it CAN be done, if you go about it the right way. We’ve put together some practical tips to help ease the change process along and help you make your new habits stick long term:
1. Don’t overwhelm yourself
Start with small changes, easy wins that will give you momentum for more change. If you go in hard and fast, you’ll have too many pots cooking on the stove and one or two are likely to boil over. Focus on changing one thing at a time. Ask yourself what the biggest barrier to your success is at the moment. Are you struggling to get enough protein? Try adding protein to breakfast and lunch for four weeks, until this becomes routine. When this feels like a common practice for you, you can then invest yourself in implementing another new change without struggling to maintain the habit you’ve just created.
2. Be self aware
Acknowledge any negative feelings as you experience them. Accept that these feelings are part of the process and try to understand why you’re feeling that way. Once you understand you’re reasoning behind the way you’re feeling, it’s much easier to let those feelings pass as they surface.
3. Change your mindset
Consider all of the positive aspects of the change you’re facing. If you’re improving your eating habits, think about the health benefits you’ll be getting. Think about how much more energy you’ll have from training consistently and getting an extra hour of sleep each night.
4. Don’t expect perfection
You’re not perfect, but no one is! Aim for PROGRESS not perfection. A few misaligned choices aren’t going to ruin your hard work. If you can acknowledge upfront that these moments are inevitable, it will make it much easier to accept them and get back on track when they happen.
Final note: your body and lifestyle will change throughout the span of your life. This change is inevitable, so whether or not you grow with each change is up to you.