I have been thinking a lot lately about my journey here and what it took, and continues to take, to be successful at maintaining 150 pounds of weight loss. It ain’t easy, so for anyone who thinks that, I’ve got a great bridge to sell ya!
– Matt Frassica -Admin, Bariatric Eating Support Groups on Facebook
Daily, I watch the struggles many of you have staying on plan or just getting started, and I KNOW those struggles because I had them. Hell, I HAVE THEM still. So I thought to myself, “Self! What ONE PIECE of advice could you offer that would help your BE family today?”
Here it is… Matt’s BIG PIECE OF ADVICE…
That’s really it. And if you read EVERY SINGLE success story here from every one of you, from our amazing admin team, and from our amazing BE leader herself, you will see that each of us had to CHANGE and FORM new habits. Did you know that on average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact?
So let’s break this down into a SUPER MANAGEABLE first step. Remember earlier in the year we talked about setting goals? Here’s a great goal to start for yourself.
CREATE ONE NEW HABIT.
I have given you the timeframe: in two months, what is ONE HABIT you want to create?
write it here:
Yes, actually write it down and keep it somewhere that is in your face every day.
Nearly two years ago I read some amazing testimonials here that stuck. I remember reading someone say that they have an Inspire shake within 30 minutes of getting up because the protein was such a critical start to the day. I thought, HEY! I can do that! So the very next morning, I started by having Inspire Blueberry Cheesecake in my morning coffee.
That was two years ago, and to this day I start EVERY, SINGLE morning with protein. Today, I had Califia Black and White coffee with Holy Cannoli when I first got up, and about an hour later, I had ½ serving of Inspire Strawberry Parfait.
I am sharing with you VERY SPECIFIC products and ideas BECAUSE HABITS ARE ABOUT DETAILS. I have NEVER wavered from this. I have protein coffee when I travel, when I am on vacation, when I am sick, ALWAYS. Over time, this habit stuck and became, well… a HABIT. See how that works?
So I started other habits. I make it to the gym 2-3 times a week. Rain, shine, sleepy, pissy…I make it to the gym. My husband works with me on this one. He doesn’t let me make excuses. If we have a day of fun planned, we start it by going to the gym for 30 minutes. HABITS!
Right now we are in the landing position for summer. So the habit you start today, in two months, is going to be your new summer routine.
What do you want to do by then? Create a goal and a habit that will you create to get there.
Stop thinking about boiling the ocean in one sitting. Believe me that kind of thinking leads to Twinkies and cookies in your car alone at night when no one is around. So pick a SINGLE habit to start NOW – not Monday, not next week, but NOW.
Lets check back in 66 days!