How to Actually Succeed at a Healthy New Lifestyle

Everyone always talks about how diets don't work and that if you really want to have lasting change you need to change your lifestyle – and this is entirely true yet some people, potentially the majority actually, struggle with long term success and ultimately feel like they maybe make it like a year or two before their lifestyle starts to unravel and then it just ends up feeling like just a long term diet Yet other individuals are absolutely able to make foundational changes in their lifestyle and see truly long term success

So what's the difference, do you think, between these two individuals? I'll get to that but first I'm Ginny Leavitt I'm owner and lead coach of Ginny Leavitt Health Consulting, a firm specializing in weddings and events So what's the biggest difference between these individuals who truly succeed long term (and I'm talking kind of years down the road) as compared to someone who might make changes that feel great within the year, but then something happens and it starts to unravel and it ends up kind of feeling like just a prolonged diet and all the old patterns come back Well it's really not always as simple as learning to eat healthy or developing or establishing a solid exercise routine These are tangible tools that we can learn but we have to understand the application, and the application is going to be more tied to what's going on inside of us – and that is the biggest difference

So we've got the external tools, kind of the behaviors that we can participate in that ultimately lead to our results; lead to our health goals; lead to our weight loss; lead to our energy levels But it's the application of those It's one thing to know it, it's another to actually consistently do it, am I right? So that's the difference that we're gonna be exploring, like what is it about the application So I think typically the biggest reason that most people fail in in the execution or application of these tangible educational behaviors is (and I and I use the term failed loosely here because I think that it's not just one and done, you can always kind of go back and keep trying) but it's really that we don't actually dive into our true motivation for why we want the change So typically, I mean time and time again, especially working in the weight management industry, people come to me with weight loss goals

Sometimes they're very specific, sometimes we have to tease it out a little bit, but typically it's (especially in the wedding industry) it's wanting to look and feel a certain way in the dress So wanting to be a certain dress size, wanting to lose a certain number of pounds, or wanting to tone a certain area because that's going to be highly visible in the dress and they want to look good in the photos However I think when it comes to those types of goals, as great as it is as you can kind of clearly visualize, especially kind of like visualizing your wedding dress and what its gonna look like – that's a great first step – it is not enough So we really have to dig deep into understanding a motivation that's beyond the physical so that we can really dig into the foundation for prolonged success The reason why this is important is because, if you think about it, life is filled with split-second decisions

Some people have to make them more frequently than others but regardless we are all making them all the time – whether you're driving in a car and you have to slam on your brakes or whether or not you're presented with the opportunity to go to a happy hour and you're hungry and you're tired and you don't want to go home and cook We have to make decisions all the time that tests our brain's ability to make decisions And there's actually been research that shows that by the end of the day we have decisional fatigue so our brains are tired of making those decisions and we're more likely to make a decision that's easier or not kind of the the route that it doesn't feel like we have to think is hard, and that's typically when take-out happens, fast food happens, skipping the gym happens We start to take the easier route, especially the more and more we have to make decisions throughout the day So you know if we just are focusing on a physical goal, typically those physical goals take time

They're not going to happen overnight, despite any claims that you see floating around the internet for having kind of instant 24-48 hour results – it's just not gonna happen So we have to, in that moment of decisional fatigue, remember our physical goal that's going to take some time to get there, and keep it present And over time that's really hard to consistently do – and that's why lifestyle change tends to be hard So we've got to focus on something that's deeper that feels more legitimate or tangible or real or matters more to us than something on the physical so that through those decisional fatigue moments, we still have the willpower and the desire – the motivation if you will – to continue with our goals So overall I mean I think this is really why Americans struggle because we're really swayed by quick fix solutions because we're consistently faced with, well, a society based on instant gratification, but also a lot of decisions

I mean we're constantly constantly bombarded with needing to make decisions and we just wear ourselves out and hit that decisional fatigue So if we were to require work, that sometimes doesn't feel as good: work to change your lifestyle, work to develop these habits, work to get results, sometimes that's just less desirable and so people tend to lean towards the quick fix or a little bit more of diet mentality, or a little bit more of "well you know my weddings in six months, I'm gonna hit that goal and then you know let it all go" So let's look at an example Let's say a woman is getting married in three months and she has the great vision of wanting to lose 20 pounds, what that would really look like for her in her dress She's really motivated by having pictures that she can look back on and feel proud of and she doesn't do a quick-fix diet

She really investigates 'clean eating' and wants to clean up her diet and take out some of the processed foods and limit the snacking She picks up exercise She's going five days a week She sees great results she's starting to see some changes in her body She's getting some better sleep, she has better motivation and energy to kind of continue, and by week four she starts to struggle a little bit with consistently having to say no to invitations to parties and happy hours and events

And the the stress of just wedding planning in general as she's getting closer and closer to the day is starting to wear on her, and she finds herself just completely rationalizing that, because she worked out and because she's already lost ten pounds, and that she's made all these other great decisions (she's had veggies all day) that she totally deserves the chocolate bar that's in the freezer and ends up eating the whole thing and then feels guilty and kind of spirals And she creates this situation in her head like "now what?" So despite her kind of getting to her wedding, then she kind of hits – almost hits – her goals, let's say She maybe loses about 15 pounds, she hits her wedding, she feels really good She kind of wishes she got that extra five pounds off, so she still feels a little unhappy with herself despite looking stellar in her dress She married the man of her dreams, they go on their honeymoon, there's drinks and you know it's an all-inclusive thing, there's drinks and food galore, and she just lets it go because she's already got the wedding behind her she doesn't have to worry about the photos; she doesn't have to worry about the dress; and she's already setting herself up for making it a challenge to actually have her lifestyle be changed

Literally starting her marriage off on a difficult foot because she's let go of this lifestyle idea So it's creating this thing in her mind where she's either "on or off" So hypothetically let's say instead of just trying to take this on on her own she ends up deciding to work with a coach And that Coach helps her identify that the real reason she wanted to lose 20 pounds was because she's always felt bigger than her sorority sisters, and all of her sorority sisters are gonna be standing in the wedding next to her And she felt like she had to finally look better than all of them

And this got these emotions stirred up in her She kind of realizes that that 20 pounds is not even about her – it's really about other people and what she's perceiving their perception to be about her, and we're able to break that number down into less about the number, and more about how she feels So we're able to kind of put it back into focus for her that this is about- the day is about – her walking down the aisle not only looking and feeling confident but truly feeling her best and in the most alignment she can with what her true goals are Not what she believes other people think her goal should be or what she's kind of internalizing based on past experiences, but truly what's in alignment for her So you know maybe that goal weight ends up being about 10 to 15 pounds, maybe it ends up being 20 pounds, but together we actually work on unlocking a deep motivation for her that extends beyond the wedding day because it's no longer about being in those photos next to those girls having those feelings and insecurities

Suddenly it's about feeling and looking her best so that she can be the best version of herself for her new husband; so that she can be the best self for her future children And that is what unlocks the ability for her to get through that honeymoon and know exactly what to do when she gets home Ultimately my goal is that – my hope truly is – that you're able to explore your own motivations and your why and discover what is truly in alignment for you moving forward just beyond your wedding (And this is true in all health goals, not just for those who are prepping for an event – this is truly foundational for long-term behavior change for everyone) We offer 4-, 8-, and 16-week programs that help you dig into this mindset component of health and behavior change and we also couple it with super tangible tools – so you're going to be working with a health coach, you're also going to be working with the registered dietitian

You're gonna be having access to quality nutrition (I mean nutrition is kind of the foundation here for long-term health y'all) so you're going to be equipped with the tools to be able to meal plan appropriately, and prep appropriately, or find the solution that works best for you based on you and your needs and your goals We really dig into these areas and explore more in the mindset, barriers, motivation, etc, so that you are setting yourself up for a life long success If you do like this video, don't forget to click like, share it, subscribe so we can get more info your way – and if you are interested in checking out what we offer go ahead and visit the website below Click on the breakthrough session and we will get you scheduled

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