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Today’s Quick Tip:
*Set Yourself Up for Success*
Whenever you begin something new, before it becomes habit, you have to actually think about performing it.
For example-now, I am so accustomed to getting up early in the morning to exercise I can go on autopilot. I pop out of bed, brush my teeth, scrape my hair into a ponytail, and get dressed. Wander into the kitchen, grab a glass of water and a bit of fuel (I mean food
Then into the office, 10 minutes checking email (no more,) and off to the gym or into the guest bedroom where the treadmill is.
All in 30 minutes from wake up time to beginning exercise.
When I first started doing this, I had to take preemptive steps to keep me from staying in bed. The alarm clock went across the room for a while. The clothes are laid out the night before. The fuel is set out on the counter for easy access. The computer has an alarm that goes off at 5:20 AM to make sure I am not responding to email any longer, and making myself late. Now, I’ve been doing it so long, it wouldn’t matter if I didn’t have these steps in place-I’d do them anyway.
But in the beginning, make it easy on yourself. Make the path of least resistance the path you want to take. It takes about a month to make new habit, and lots of repetition. Prepare ahead to make those repetitions as easy as possible.
A while back I wrote an article on Preparing Ahead for Healthy Gluten Free Eating Success. Check it out, you may get some ideas. Gluten Free and Fit 101 has some other info to start with, as does the free (gluten free!) nutrition guide.
What do you do to set yourself up for success? Give your ideas in the comments so we all can share and benefit.
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