Here’s a thought for you.
When you were learning how to write, and going for your pen license (ha!), did you spit the dummy after 2 weeks, because you couldn’t do it? Well… you might of, because you were 5 at that was mildly acceptable… but that’s not where I’m going with this.
It took practice. It took feedback from your teacher and parents on how to connect an ‘O’ with another letter in cursive. You had to trace the letters first and then moved on to your own lettering. You needed to be reminded to practice, or you may not have done it. Then you moved to ink, but still had the white out handy just in case you messed up- because you were still learning after all.
“You didn’t fail the last diet because you are bad at being healthy”
But with time, a whole lot of screwing up and some support from those who had mastered the skill you got there!
Well, I’m here to say that these days, health is a skill, which requires consistent practice, increased knowledge and help from people who have mastered it, in order to get it right.
You didn’t fail the last diet because you are bad at being healthy. You failed because you didn’t spend time on developing the skills that encompass a healthy lifestyle.
These skills include:
- Nutrition knowledge- macronutrients, micronutrients, basic metabolic processes
● Movement- how to move your body safely and efficiently in order to enjoy physical activity
● Communications- how to tell people what you need and why you are not eating cake every morning tea anymore
● Cooking- how not to burn food, and what tastes good together
● Time management- planning so you can fit in life and the healthy habits like cooking and physical activity
● Goal setting. Knowing what you want and being able to reverse engineer the end product so you have steps for success
● Self-care- knowing when to push and when to pull back. Understanding the benefits of sleep and the effects of chronic stress. Plus where to go for help if you need it.
This list is not exhaustive, but if you look through it and identify a few skills you need to work on, you can start your health practice! And practice every day, even just a bit!
So that next time you make a pact to improve your health, you go into knowing that it’s going to take time and practice, but it’s ok, because you came in expecting that!