“Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going”.
Jim Rohn said it and I like that quote. I’ve noticed that it is definitely a truism for me.
As I announced on this blog I am motivated to take back control of my fitness and health.
So following Mr Rohn’s advice, I have been focusing on developing good habits around my nutrition and eating. Yes I have been trying to exercise and move more but I’m not putting any pressure on myself in that area, just yet.
First, I want to rediscover healthy eating habits which will help me lose the flab and, just as importantly, make me feel better. Those habits have to suit my lifestyle and be sustainable though, which is always part of the challenge.
Gretchen Rubin, author of ‘The Happiness Project’ and ‘Better than Before’ talks about abstainers and moderators.
She explains that if you are ‘moderator’ type you do better when you avoid absolutes and strict rules. For example, you might relate to the advice “be moderate. Don’t have ice cream every night, but if you try to deny yourself altogether, you’ll fall off the wagon. Allow yourself to have the occasional treat, it will help you stick to your plan”.
‘Abstainer’ types on the other hand find moderation hard. Eating a small scoop of ice cream just opens up the flood gates, and before you know it, the whole tub has gone. Better then to decide that something is off limits, which avoids temptation.
I’ve concluded that I’m an abstainer. It drives my husband mad, but I find it much easier to decide that I’m not going to eat or drink something than to try and cut down. Cutting it out completely works better for me. Know yourself.
So, when I came across Whole30 earlier this year, it appealed to my abstainer tendencies. In case you haven’t discovered it yet, Whole30 is a 30 day clean eating programme. It’s not a phoney diet, but is based on sound research and evidence. I tried it back in March and loved it, so I’m following it again now.
Have a great day, Hx
PS Gretchen’s blog is worth a read if you’re interested.