Why Great Intentions Aren’t Enough

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A question recently came up. “Why is it so hard to change our eating and exercise habits if we’re unhappy with the way we look and feel?”

There are many reasons for this. One reason change can be difficult is when it conflicts with your needs, values or lifestyle. Here’s where you take on a “one size fits all” approach. Well, although it may work for some, that doesn’t mean it works for you. You are unique, requiring your own adjustments and alterations. That’s why any change that lasts must be specific, reasonable and realistic for you.

Another reason change can feel so difficult is when you’re asked to do something too drastic. Drastic always means temporary because it doesn’t allow for the mental and emotional time to adjust. transThink about it. You probably have such a small window of time and energy for yourself. If you make dramatic and radical changes to your already overextended lifestyle, adding yet another item onto your mile long “to-do” list, things quickly become overwhelming. When we feel overwhelmed, we give up.

Finally, change will never happen if we don’t believe we can change. Your greatest obstacle may just be your own self doubt. You will or won’t change based on your belief that you can.

Are you struggling with making some healthy eating and exercise changes? Need some ideas?

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