So what's the secret?
I’ve always loved good leadership tips. Recently I’ve spent most of the time on my runs, consuming podcasts. I love listening to music on my runs or during any form of exercise; when I cook, and even just hanging around the house, so this new running practice came with a bit of resistance from me. It is just hard to break old habits and create new ones. As a matter of fact, the data shows that we need to be consistent with a new practice for at least 66 consecutive days to break an old habit and create a new one.
This is one reason when I hear a comment like, “I need to try your diet”, I may come back with, “Well, it's not a diet, but a new habit that you’ll need to form.” Sure, I know that might sound a little preachy or even ‘snarky’, so if you’ve heard that from me and been taken back, I apologize. I mean no harm and only want to see you achieve success with your nutrition program.
To form a new habit, you need a new system. Clearly the old system hasn’t been serving us. You know the one I’m talking about. Getting out of bed, late, only to have to rush to work with a cup of coffee in your hand or waiting in line at the Starbucks drive-thru. This might be followed by a stop at the pastry or donut shop and continued bad meal selections through the day. Sure, it’s all convenient, but it’s not good for you. This is why I say you need a new system.
For those of you that I’ve spoken with, you know my story. I tried a lot of programs. Yes, all systems, even if temporary. The problem with these systems is they did not enforce a new practice that was sustainable. I was speaking with an old friend the other day who was trying to reclaim his health using another program. He’s had success. There are many ways to achieve some success with your health and nutrition, but you need to ask yourself a question and this question is, “Should I reach my goal, what will or should I do after I get there?” Are you building any new habits or building a new system? In the end of the day, the new habit will have to be backed by a sustainable system to carry you forward. It will need to be backed by real science and nutrition. Even if you don’t want to buy the system and use it over a long-time frame, is there a way to transition from the old you and old system to a new you and new system?
This is one of the primary reasons that I do what I do as an Optavia Certified Health Coach. Our programs are backed by science and if you use the system and pay attention to its process, you should learn a new way to approach your nutrition for a very long time. We provide you with a great guidebook with the Habits of Health. When you decide to move from a purchased program to going at it on your own, you have a fabulous tool to use in this educational guide.
I always tell my clients and those interested that there is no magic bullet. If there is a magic bullet it would be the process; the system; hydration and eating six small but nutritional meals a day to keep your body running at an optimum level and finding its point of equilibrium.
There really is no secret. If you've worked with us, you've experienced the system. If you've jumped off, you can jump back on and reclaim your progress and build new habits for the long haul.
We are always here to help. Reach out with any questions you might have.