Have you ever given up? Ever commit to a new habit and stop trying shortly thereafter because of discouragement, frustration, or lack of progress? Yeah, me too. The truth is we often sabotage our efforts without knowing it.
After working with hundreds of people as a coach, I’ve seen it over and over again.
Here are the 4 ways you may be sabotaging your efforts:
- Dabbling: Instead of committing to one nutrition program, you try a little bit of this and a little bit of that. While it’s important to be a bit adventurous so that you discover what works best for you and your body, singular dedication to one thing at a time works best. If you try to eat Keto one week and Vegan the next, you’re unlikely to know how you feel with either plan. If you do yoga one week and CrossFit the next, your body won’t know what to do. Your body needs a certain degree of homeostasis to adapt to the changes you’re trying to make. Dabbling doesn’t help.
- Scapegoating: Life is an ever-winding path of unexpected twists and turns. It’s easy to blame the unplanned events or circumstances for your lack of progress. An illness, a late night, a bad eating day, a vacation, or other life stressor is enough to halt your momentum. A small hurdle becomes a gigantic hurdle that feels insurmountable, especially if you’re living life with little to no margin. Scapegoating justifies the quitting.
- Doubting: Do you have a big but? Cynicism is often the culprit for a lack of progress. When the scale doesn’t move or you don’t feel like your effort to change is making a difference, it’s natural to want to move on. This desire for fast change is human nature. I wrote an entire chapter about it in my book. But, the impact of healthier habits can’t always be seen right away. They require patience and faith that the compound effect of these new behaviors will show later rather than sooner.
- Martyr: Everyone else comes first… kids, spouse, friends, parents. They’re the reason for not moving enough or not eating in a life-nourishing way. Kid’s activities and food preferences, spouse’s work schedule, friend’s requests for help, and school involvement take precedence. Busyness is the enemy… and, honestly, the excuse. It’s vital to give time, energy, and attention to our relationships, but not at the expense of personal health.
So, do any of these describe you?
Maybe you’re a combination. One week you’re dabbling, another you’re doubting. Parenthood can get the best of us and self-sabotage can creep in unexpectedly.
Are you ready to become a new kind of dieter?
Whether you’re a dabbler, sabotager, doubter, or martyr, it’s time to become the best kind of dieter.
The no diet-kind.
Make a commitment today to become the kind of person who simply makes small, daily, conscious choices to eat a few veggies, drink a little more water, and move your body just that much more.
Only you can stop the sabotage!