Have you decided to make a change in your lifestyle? If so, congratulations – you’ve taken the first step towards living a healthier more abundant lifestyle! On your Gene Smart Journey, we understand that you’ll have highs and lows. It’s important to congratulate yourself during those highs, and learn how to move forward after you hit your “lows”. Utilizing support from your family and friends will help. However, it’s also important to have support from one person in particular – yourself.
In the busy-ness of the moment, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and make poor choices about our foods and activities. That’s why it is helpful to plan ahead to break the cycle and avoid unhealthy behaviors that can make life even more stressful and out of balance.
Here’s a few tips on how you can stay positive and continue to succeed on your Gene Smart Journey.
Give yourself a break. If you happen to “cheat” on your diet, don’t give up. If you have a slice of cake after dinner, it won’t ruin your diet. Simply return to your normal diet the next day. Miss a workout? Get back on track the next day, and add an extra workout in on your “off” day. You’re only human – if you make a mistake, don’t beat yourself up over it. Keep moving forward!
Create a schedule. For many, creating a routine where you do the same thing at the same time every day can help you stay on stress and stay stress-free. For example, your daily ritual could include drinking a big glass of water every morning when you wake up, and taking your supplements with your breakfast (or better yet, half at breakfast & half at lunch).
Track your success. Keep a daily journal and write down your meals, workouts, energy levels, and how you’re feeling. Studies have shown that those who use a daily journal have more success with weight loss. If you’re feeling down on yourself, take a look at your past journal entries. You’ll be able to see how far you come, and it’s motivating to see how you’ve done on your best days. We’ve created The Gene Smart Daily Journal to make it easy for you to track your days.
Schedule “Me” Time. It is easy to get so busy working and taking care of our families that we forget to take care of ourselves. Just like you may have a set time to work; schedule a specific time for you to work out and de-stress. It’s a win-win situation – you’ll feel better, and in return, be more productive at work and/or home!
Words of Wisdom
“Every artist was first an amateur.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson