Make sure you are ready and fired up. Set your goals and know your “why”. This helps you to commit and get through the speedbumps and setbacks. Would you like to sleep better? Feel more connected to family? Walk every day? And WHY? Perhaps you have a family history of ailments that you’d like to avoid, or you want to reconnect to your former athletic self. This WHY will drive your HOW to adopt new habits.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Once you commit, plan to succeed. You can start tomorrow if you wish, or take a few days to plan and prepare.
Trying to change your behavior without changing your environment will lead to failure. Now is the time to set up your home and your kitchen for success.
You will have a much easier time following Four Always, Four to Avoid if you don’t have candy on your counter and a pantry filled with chips and soda.
Prepare to make this easy by printing out and pasting the visual guide and de-cluttering your pantry, kitchen, and refrigerator: physically remove foods that would be off-limits or too tempting such as candies or junk/processed items, and clean your countertops of any kinds of snack foods (that open bag of chips, the box of crackers). Out of sight and out of house!
Download and print the Blue Zones weekly tracking sheets and materials. Even if you are going to keep track of your activities on your digital calendar or on a digital spreadsheet, hang up the printables where you can see them every day.
Starting a new behavior seems like the hardest part of the process of change, but it’s actually maintaining behaviors that are the hardest part of behavior change. That’s why your Blue Zones tasks and activities over the next month will help you create an environment and social circle that are mutually supporting—so that these healthy behaviors aren’t work, but become the default option.
“Create a lifestyle and environment that makes the healthy choice the easy choice.”