When I was a chronic dieter it seemed like no matter what I weighed, I always wanted to lose another 5-10 lbs. I can’t explain why it took me so long to realize this was crazy and counterproductive.
In retrospect it’s clear that the shape of my body, not the size of it, was my real issue. And if I would have spent less time denying myself sushi rice and more time strengthening my hamstrings and glutes, my “problems” would have disappeared in a few weeks.
It’s amazing how attainable most of our goals really are.
A couple of weeks ago I asked my newsletter subscribers two questions:
- What (specifically) would success look like to you?
- What do you think is holding you back?
The vast majority of the answers I received were both simple and realistic. Here’s some examples:
“I don’t care about being thin…just want to hit that healthy part of the spectrum.” -NB
“The only real goal I have left is maybe to lose another 5 – 10 pounds.” -JF
“Success to me would be to stop the insanity of yo-yo dieting and feeling shitty about myself.” -PP
Being healthy, losing five pounds and not dieting are all very attainable goals that can likely be achieved with only one or two high-impact habit changes. Something like ditching your daily morning muffin and replacing it with muesli, or learning to chew more and eat mindfully have worked for many people.
Certainly there are some of you with more extensive health concerns, but getting on the path to success starts in the same way: with 1-2 new habits.
When you think about your health try not to think of how far you have to go, but of what single thing you can do consistently to get one step closer.
In my next newsletter I’ll talk about what people say is holding them back and why there’s a good chance it isn’t as hard as they think. Subscribe now to make sure you get the next update.
What would success really look like to you? Be specific.