Could this be the MAIN reason the scales aren’t budging? (probably)
It’s 6pm and you’re hungry after a long day at work.
You don’t normally eat until 7:30pm with the rest of the family.
You do that thing where you open and close the fridge door several times, hoping the contents inside have changed since you last opened it 2 minutes a go.
“I fancy something more carby. More sugary”
So you reach for the biscuit tin. The snack box.
30 minutes later you’ve got rid of the intense cravings.
You’re not that fussed about having dinner in an hour now.
But mostly, you’re peeved at yourself for ‘doing it again’.
That pattern of snacking every evening, on empty calories is doing your head in.
You keep kicking yourelf for giving into the cravings.
Especially in a morning when you step on the scales and they’ve not budged.
You tell yourself that “that’s it” and that “I won’t give in tonight”.
But the stressful day passes.
And the biscuit barrel rears it’s ugly head again.
How to get out of this cycle of self-destruction?
After all, you accept that you’re not as happy with your body as you want to be.
And you don’t feel as healthy or energetic as you want to.
But you just can’t seem to escape that cycle.
Willpower is admirable.
It means you’re trying.
It means you’re putting effort in.
But it’s generally speaking not the best strategy for most endeavours.
We can learn a lot from how kids learn to do stuff.
Like brushing their teeth.
If you’ve got kids, you’ll know that it’s a daily chore for YEARS, to nag and remind them to brush their pearly whites.
Until one day, they start doing it on their own.
An essential habit - brushing teeth goes from ‘not being important enough to rememebr and prioritise’, to not only being done, but being IMPORTANT to the older child.
EXTERNAL accountability (the nagging) eventually creates INTERNAL habits (the brushing without the nagging).
It’s your habits that keep you stuck.
The things you do daily.
Whether it’s snacking daily.
Pressing snooze daily.
Not doing any phsycial activity daily.
Change those, and you change your life.
And the best way to change those - to create new habits that become autopilot, is to use the power of accountabillity.
Drop the ego.
ALLOW someone external to help you create the INTERNAL habit.
Some people develop a new habit in 21 days.
Some take 90 days.
But with enough repetition - any new habit can be formed.
Accountabilty is the secret sauce.
It’s the thing that doesn’t let you off the hook.
It’s the thing that drags you back on track when you fall off the wagon.
It’s the thing that guarantees success, like nothing else.
We can’t make you brush your teeth (and one would assume, you’ve nailed that habit by now!).
But we can help you build habits with your eating and exercise.
It’s literally what we do.
If you're ready to accept that going it alone and relying on willpower doesn't work, then click the button below and schedule a time to come in for a chat.
We'd love to help you make healthy living, as normal as brushing your teeth.