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Do you ever get that feeling that you are making things more difficult than it needs to be? Somehow it gets into our heads that if something isn’t really hard to do with lots of rules and restrictions that it isn’t going to work.

We tend to start the new year wanting to throw everything away and start with a clean slate. I am all about setting goals, but not before we talk about the things we are already doing really well.

Eating healthier is no exception. When I meet with clients, we talk about the great food habits they already have. We all have struggles and we can call those out pretty quick, but something kind of neat happens when we first take a moment and acknowledge our successes.

When we can call out our accomplishments first, we have more motivation to build on those highlights. When we spend time listing all of our follies, we approach goal setting already defeated.

Today, I want you to take a moment and write down on a real piece of paper 3 things you are already doing well at in the nutrition department. Visually seeing our successes encourages us to keep at it, especially when we are having a rough patch. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be over the top spectacular either. Having trouble getting started? Read the list below and feel free to borrow from those.

  • ate breakfast before leaving for work
  • packed your own lunch
  • ate supper at the table as a family
  • drank water
  • like the following fruits/vegetables
  • ate without using a screen (i.e. t.v., phone or tablet)

It takes many small steps to reach success. The important bit is that you keep moving forward – even if you stumble from time to time. Start with listing your successes this week and we can talk about what to do after that next week. Please feel free to share your successes below!!!