What are your habits?
Do you eat the same thing for lunch, go through the same exercise
routine, and fall into bed at the same time each night?
Or maybe you’ve made a habit out of eating whatever looks good,
avoiding the gym, and staying up as late as possible.
“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”
Confucius said, “Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that
And Aristotle noticed that, “We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”
It’s pretty clear that the habits you adopt will shape who you are.
When it comes to your body, the two habits that define your
physique are your eating and exercise habits. In fact, everyone
that you know who is in great shape has dialed in these two
If you aren’t happy with your body, then simply adjust your eating
and exercise habits.
Aaaaand here’s how:
Decide on the ONE habit that you would like to develop. It’s
tempting to pick up 3 or 4 healthy habits, but choosing just one
new habit is realistic and doable.
Write your new habit down on paper. Also include your 3 main
motivators for developing this new habit, the obstacles you’ll
face, and your strategies for overcoming these obstacles.
Here’s an example:
• My new habit is to go to Renegade for Group Training 3 times each week.
• My 3 main motivators are to feel confident in my bathing suit
this summer, to have more energy, and to fit into my skinny jeans.
• The obstacles I will face are not having the energy to go to my
session after work, not having enough money to pay for the sessions,
and not having my spouse’s support.
• I will overcome these obstacles by doing my workouts before work
instead of after work, so I have more energy, cutting down on
frivolous spending to ensure that I can afford it, and asking my
spouse to join me so we can get in shape together.
Commit fully to your new habit, in a public way. This could mean
posting it on facebook, or simply announcing it at the dinner
table. Put yourself in a position where you’ll be embarrassed to
give up on your new habit.
Keep track of your progress. You could keep a detailed journal or
simply make a check mark on each calendar day that you successfully
exercise your new habit.
Keep yourself publically accountable. This means either status
updates on facebook or verbal status updates at the dinner table.
Your friends and family are in a position to offer you support, so
don’t shy away from those close to you.
When you fail, figure out what went wrong so that you can plan
around it in the future.
Reward yourself for your success.
Once your new habit becomes second nature, usually in about 30
days, feel free to add a second habit by going through the same 7
This is truly a gamechanger…
Really, do this and your life will change.
It’s mostly in your hands, but if you need help in any way
– as always – reach out to us anytime!
-Chris and Jen