When embarking upon a weight loss journey, it is important that we supply ourselves with all of the tools and tactics we can gather for the road ahead. This will help us reach our destination in the least amount of time -- and with the least amount of effort!
One powerful tactic that I have used in all of my transformations is the re-creation of the environment.
Why change our environment?
Humans are creatures of habit. We gravitate toward safe, familiar surroundings and tend to follow similar patterns, day in and day out. This is engrained in our mind and necessary for our survival! Ultimately, when we are looking to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle, it requires a change in our daily patterns.
Research has shown that most people are able to make a permanent change in their daily behavioral patterns when there is some abrupt change in their "life story" -- whether moving to a new home, changing jobs, changing relationships, etc. This turbulence, as it upsets the normal daily pattern, helps "reset" our minds and puts us in a good place to adopt new patterns!
The best thing you can do is to create some turbulence in your surroundings to reset your mind and to adopt a new lifestyle. By changing your environment and creating a "safe haven" around you, you will combat the old triggers that came so naturally before. Here's a few tips for creating your own environment for success:
1. Clean out your kitchen; your fridge, pantry, cupboards, everything. Move to the bedroom and clean out ALL hiding spots for food. Same with the workplace. Throw all junk foods away. If they are in your immediate environment, they will sabotage your success. Get 'em gone! Don't worry, you can still enjoy the foods you crave, but it is important that they are enjoyed in moderation -- outside of your "safe haven."
2. Rearrange the furniture in your living room and bedroom. These are usually two big trigger hotspots. Move the couch to the other wall. Put the TV stand across from the new couch location. In your bedroom, move your bed to another wall. Place your alarm clock on the other dresser, so that when you roll over to hit snooze in the morning, it isn't there. Instead, it is beeping at your from the other side, or even better ... across the room where you have to walk to it. Immediately, you are quickly reminded of the new you.
3. Pictures, Pictures, Pictures. What motivates you? Having the body of your dreams? Getting in shape to play with your kids? Whatever it is, place pictures of your motivation all around you. On the bathroom mirror, on the fridge, IN the fridge, in the office, on the dashboard of your car ... wherever. These images will constantly remind you why you are embracing a new lifestyle!
4. Hit all of your senses -- even your nose. Use potpourri, incense or any other scents to bring a new smell to your house. Avoid scents that stimulate the appetite, like sweet smells.
It is time to reset those unhealthy lifestyle patterns. Change things up and create you very own environment for success.
I believe in you,