Wow, it's been more than a week since I've written a post after being on quite a roll the last few months with writing. However, with some recent life changes, my blogging had to take a backseat for a few days! Also, I've been preparing materials for hosting my first LMF SugarLESS September Challenge, which starts TODAY. There is still time to join in by emailing me at email@example.com. It is $16 for the 30 day challenge full of guidance, support and inspiration.
I'm really looking forward to not just managing but also participating in this SugarLESS September challenge myself. Since my show in June, I've become quite "addicted" to sweets and treats again. The combination of wanting to live "in the moment," plus a bit of stress eating in recent weeks, I'm ready to go full force and have a good healthy month! For some reason, Sept. 1 seems like a perfect place to start and I'm mentally "ready" for the change and challenge. That's the thing with your health, until YOU are ready mentally, it won't happen.
With that said, Erik and I decided to cap off our "Summer of Splurge" with a trip to Extraordinary Desserts last night. We went with the marble cheesecake and a puffed pastry type dessert (can't remember the name of it) that was absolutely insane.
|In this moment, I know Erik and I are truly are the perfect match. |
We both love to exercise and be fit but on the inside we LOVE dessert.
|Shared both together. Pure heaven.|
No guilt today. Just a new month ahead!
Being ready for your change mentally is very important for anyone wanting to make a health change to realize. Your lifestyle is always changing and evolving. It takes dedication and motivation to continue making improvements. Once you reach a goal, you can't stop there and expect things to keep improving or even stay the same when it comes to fitness. Chances are if you're not actively working toward improving yourself, you're probably regressing in some way instead.
Many of you have probably heard of the Five Stages of Change before. Here's a brief overview and how it fits into setting fitness and health goals:
- Pre-contemplation Stage—This is when making a change isn't even on your radar! You may have no concerns about potential health issues or simply actively turn off your brain to prevent worrying about it. Your awareness to any issues in this area is simply not there.
- Contemplation Stage—This may be when you begin thinking about a potential change, yet find a reason as to why it may not be the best idea right away. This is the stage when the word "but" often into play often. Barriers such as time, money or even freedom and fun seem to outweigh the benefits that could come from a health change.
- Preparation Stage—During this part of the process, you may begin making changes that will help set you up for success for the bigger change(s) ahead. This is when you might purchase a gym membership, a specific training plan or perhaps hire a personal trainer (hint, hint: consider hiring me if you're at this stage!) This stage may include setting up goals to follow during the next stage. This phase is focused on setting yourself up for success.
- Action Stage—This is when you go out and "JUST DO IT" as Nike says. While the preparation stage is super important, no phase is more important than the ACTION stage. Talk is cheap, but action is worth everything. With that said, it may be beneficial to TELL others about your goals or change commitments to improve your chances of success. For example, this blog post is my way of being more accountable to myself by telling others about my SugarLESS September challenge. I'm ready for the ACTION stage again!
- Maintenance Stage—This is the long term commitment phase and may be one of the most difficult. The part above where I mention if you're not improving, you may be regressing is a part of this piece of the change model. Once you reach your goal, help maintain your healthy habits by continuously reflecting on what you had to do during the ACTION stage to get where you are today. It's easy to forget sometimes what healthy foods you were eating often or what kind of exercises you did to get there, but try to keep reflecting back on those once you're in maintenance mode. Use check in tools such as a scale (if it helps you...for some, don't) or take progress pictures. Or, better yet, find new ways to push yourself physically by keeping training goals interesting. For example, sign up for a race or a competition that you've never tried before.