I think this is the biggest obstacle to meeting health goals – compliance with your program. What do you do when you go back to old habits – and sabotage your health goals? I struggled with this personally for a long, long time and found my own solutions. However, I am always trying to learn more about what others do to overcome long-term patterns of self-sabotage. Thanks!
I like to help the client be very clear on setting achievable goals to create successes to build on. Rebuilding their integrity with themselves is a key step. It is easier to fall back into old habits when we are not clear on our commitments and set ourselves up for mini-falls that undermine us. As an example, when we say we are going to exercise every day during the week and do 4 out of 5, the focus tends to be on the day that was missed, falling short and not keeping your word. This undermines your personal integrity even though 4 days exceeded your previous week, you didn’t keep your word. Instead, making a commitment of something you know you can make happen and that you will absolutely, no matter what, and achieving that, boosts your personal integrity.. 3 days exercise for minimum 30 minutes, drinking 4 glasses of water 5 days, adding a raw vegetable serving to 3 meals this week. Being clear and creating absolute successes, rebuilds your personal integrity muscle so when the tougher decisions and temptations arise, your personal word to yourself actually means something.