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Tips for the Early Stages of Your New Routine

Tips for the Early Stages of Your New Routine

You should be aware that the changes you are about to make will be challenging, and this is not an article that is offering you a “magic bullet” or “new weight loss breakthrough”.

This is an article about fact and what it really takes for people to lose weight.
There is no “magic pill” and there are no “weight loss secretes” that personal trainers and fitness models are told to keep on the down low.

If you see these types of claims, you should by all means look into them but know that it is all to do with marketing, and the principals will probably mimic the information in this article

I have made big lifestyle changes myself before, so I know how hard this can be. As I have been through the process of forming new habits and routines a lot myself, I consider myself a master of this and I have developed several processes and techniques that can help you in the all-important early stages of these new vulnerable habits and routines.

For each new routine or habit you have identified you should use the following process:

Identify the routine or habit you aim to develop.
Let’s say you want to quit smoking or eat less sugary things
Find your reason.
Write it down. Why do you want to quit or eat less? It is bad for me/ I want to lose weight.

Make your reason visible and plan a “Start Date”.
Print off some photos or short quotes that back your reasons and pin them up in the places where you will be weak, tempted or vulnerable to giving in or cheating. For example, your desk at work, the fridge or your laptop screen saver. It is also important for mental preparation to plan a start date for your new routine/ habit change.

Tell everyone.
The more people you tell, the more back up you are likely to get and the further along you get, the more praise you will get. Put a statement on facebook or twitter, tell everyone at work, tell all of your friends and family.

Don’t listen to saboteurs.
You will always come across saboteurs so all you have to do is recognise this. These guys may be close family members or close friends. They don’t mean any harm, but are not aware of the impact that the doubt can have on your progress.

Stick with it.
The longer you stick with it, the easier it will get, if you feel like quitting, always go back to your reason. Why are you doing this in the first place?
Give yourself a reward.
Buy something nice from the money saved from not smoking or a buy some new clothes because you have lost weight.

Here is my “magic formula” again without the explanation so you can give it a go yourself.

Identify the routine or habit you aim to develop
Find your reason
Make your reason visible and plan a start date
Tell everyone
Don’t listen to saboteurs
Stick with it
Give yourself a reward