By: Jenn Lormand ACE- CPT, BS. Exercise Physiology, Author of mommymovement: new baby. new body. new life.
I know what you are thinking, “Jenn don’t be so dramatic!” Well I’m really not. One small change compounded over time can absolutely change your life! We all know this concept but aren’t always aware of all of the small and seemingly insignificant choices we make throughout the day. These choices can help us or hurt us.
Let me explain. Take our 90/10 Nutritional principle that we use for example. We know through scientific research that if you blow out 10% of your weekly meals (that’s 2 meals) that you can still not only maintain your weight but lose weight. This is because the other 19 meals you are eating clean and healthfully staying in the calorie range that’s right for you. This consistent effort allows you to continue to lose weight. On the flipside of that, if you consumed 150 calories more than normal every day, over the next 6 months you would gain about 8 lbs assuming that you didn’t increase your activity level any. This is just one example of how we can use this principle to work for us or against us; hence the title of this article- One small change can change your life!
So what small change are you going to make that can change your life for the better? Is it committing to save $1.00/day? Is it tracking each penny you spend to help bring awareness to where you can save money? Is it committing to change your mind set by focusing on what you are grateful for each day and writing it down? Is it keeping a food journal to help you lose weight or gain weight? Is it keeping an exercise log to help you see how many minutes you are really working out?
Whatever it is I want you to commit, with me, to track one thing that can help you change your life. When you do this every day NO MATTER WHAT- you will get the results you want …AND THEN SOME. This is “The Secret” to success. No…this isn’t going to be immediate gratification, it will be even BETTER. It will be moving towards feeling AMAZING over the long-term. It will help you realize that the true secret to success is doing the simple things consistently!
So if you are still reading this article, I am asking you to not just read this, but take action on it. Write down these questions.
What area of your life do you want to improve?
What is one small change that you can make that will help you get there?
Write it down and do a gut check. If you look at your answer and think, “I’m not sure I can do that.” then go smaller.
What is one baby step that you can take towards that goal?
You will know that you have chosen something that you can repeat consistently when you think to yourself “Is this really the little thing that I’m going to do? This feels too simple!” If that’s what you are thinking, then you are on the right track. Start doing that one thing every day and then as you begin to not have to think about doing it every day, and you do it automatically guess what happens?? You have created a new GOOD HABIT!
At that point repeat this process with a different action step until you have created a LIFESTYLE that supports the person you want to be!! That’s how simple creating the life that you want can be….one small change at a time, and that is what we at Ascension Fitness are about ONE BODY. ONE LIFE. COMMIT to one small change today and MAKE IT GREAT!
About the Author – Jennifer Lormand ACE- CPT, BS. Exercise Physiology, Author of mommymovement: new baby. new body. new life.
My love for fitness started at an early age. Growing up with asthma, I was driven to fight through those challenges. Exercise and fitness was my avenue to diminishing my reliance on asthma medications and treatments. Fueled by my passion to help people succeed and as a graduate in Exercise Physiology with a focus on Kinesiology, I am applying my love for fitness with these sciences to develop leading-edge one-on-one and group training programs to meet the specific needs of our clients, designed to push each other physically and support emotionally the needs of clients.