Week 1 | Day Four
For When it Gets Hard
You will have easy days + hard days.
Here’s how to pick yourself up after a hard day + keep on going (without feeling like you’ve screwed up all of your progress).
It will definitely get hard. One part of the day might be hard, the whole day might be hard, two days might be hard. You’re here because weight loss is HARD.
And more than likely you have failed numerous times before. And there will be a time sooner or later in this program where you are questioning all of the things.
➤ Why you are doing it?
➤ Whether you even really care about your weight anyway?
➤ Whether you can actually do this?
PLAN FOR YOUR FAILURE.
Some of you will have already ‘failed’ within the first three days (I put this in inverted commas because later on in the program you will learn how to use these moments as learning opportunities). Some of you won’t be there yet but will ‘fail’ tomorrow + some of you will get there in two weeks time, or three or four.
Failure for almost all of us is actually INEVITABLE. Failure is a normal + essential part of learning. It is required to help you change, to reflect + to discover new things about yourself. It’s not comfortable but out of it comes transformational growth.
Given that failure is inevitable, the more important question for you is: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WHEN YOU FAIL? Because it is what you do after it that will make or break your weight loss goals.
Currently your response when you fail might be to say:
➤ Stuff it, I’ll start again tomorrow (but you often don’t)
➤ Oh well I’ve screwed up now, I might as well go all out (and you often do)
➤ See, I told you you couldn’t do it (so you stop altogether)
PLAN YOUR FIRST FEW STEPS NOW FOR WHEN YOU NEXT ‘FAIL’.
Instead, I want you to be ready for your failure. And I don’t want you just to expect it, but to have an action plan in place for when it does come.
Here are the things I have found useful for clients in the past, but you can design whatever plan suits you. Just make sure you do it when it happens.
Get to know WHY you couldn’t do what you planned to do (in this case it would be No Snacks) + use it to change your plan for the very next day. For example, you couldn’t do No Snacks yesterday because you had to have a really later dinner as you stayed back at work. If you know you are going to be faced with a similar day tomorrow, then plan to bring in a pre-prepared dinner or a bigger lunch, which you can move to later in the day. Or plan to have a coffee or tea in the afternoon.
Go to the HABITS Facebook Group as soon as you think you’ve failed. I check into the group regularly or someone else will be there to talk to. Post what you’re struggling with (and make sure you tag me in it so I definitely see it) or post some detail on WHAT YOU DID THAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU FAILED. Be honest + open to change. In my experience the more open a person is, the more they grow. Sometimes the simple act of pausing + offloading what is bothering you can be enough to get you back on track.
Use the support of someone close. Talk to those around you about what you’re struggling with, ask for their advice on how to change this thing. You will be surprised at how much other people have worked through these things too + have some really innovative solutions.
Write down your steps that you will follow when it happens + keep them with you. Stick to them, revise them if they didn’t work. Failure is just a way of getting to know more about yourself - so learn from it, change your approach + move on.
YOU CAN DO THIS BUT YOU HAVE TO STICK WITH IT.
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