People say that insanity can be defined as repeating the same thing, but expecting a different outcome. Similarly, if we expect things to change without there being real and consistent change to drive it, well, that's a bit crazy, too.
The challenge for most people is that making (and sticking to) changes in routines in eating, movement and self-care is really hard. Much of our day-to-day lives unfolds on a kind of default autopilot setting. It's estimated that 40 percent of our daily decisions are based in habit.
When we set out to make changes in our health, we humans tend to dive into the deep end with enthusiasm (think new year weight loss goals). We get reinforcement when we see quick results from our extreme efforts. But what so many people find is that our extreme plans are too extreme and only fit within our lifestyle for a short period of time. We soon come up gasping for air and exit the pool. If we lost weight, it quickly returns and our self-esteem slips a bit with it.
If you get nothing else from reading my wellness blogs, I hope it's this: Diets don't work and extreme states of anything generally don't go over well either. Our bodies and brains thrive on and crave balanced states.
If we don't make a shift in our underlying behavior patterns and approaches to caring for our health, not much will shift for the long haul. And our health is, over time, made (or broken) by our habits.
Remember that what is repeated over time is what adds up to the biggest changes. Consistency is king. Slow and steady wins the race.
To your good health!
Certified Whole Health Coach
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer