Count 1-2-3 and Make Health a Part of Your Daily Routine
As we move from the hot Texas Summer here in Austin and head into the Fall I am preparing to add on new clients. I get so excited about more people making shifts in their lifestyle and diet to truly nourish themselves. I have a unique blend of tools and strategies that I have put together from my own journey that empowered me to make health part of my daily life.
Today I want to share with you one of those strategies. It is called the 1-2-3 plan. As clients make their way through my 6 month program, I introduce to them the tools and strategies that help them personally achieve their goals. The 1-2-3 plan helps pace them through their weekly focus and gives real results for their transformation.
In the 1-2-3 plan, I help focus the client on small steps. Many of us know where we want to be, but don’t always know how to get there. This plan helps them walk at a pace that will not leave them exhausted but ready to run the long term race of health and vibrancy of their life.
The 1-2-3 Plan
1- Set 1 Focus
Each week my clients will only have one focus for what they are working on. In month one, it may be drinking more water each week, finishing writing their goals out or completing a food journal. Other weeks may be focused on eating more greens at breakfast, daily journaling or being in the bed 15 mins earlier than last week.
Setting one focus allows you to concentrate on the present day to day rather than getting distracted or overwhelmed at all the things they want to change. Making health a part of your everyday life takes focus in the small moment by moment daily rhythms. Our life is not built on a dream or thought, but written by the everyday moments of the daily life.
2- Ask 2 Questions
Each week my clients ask themselves two questions. These questions are meant to help them become self-aware of their personal needs. It may be observational questions around what nourishes them in different spaces, how they feel after meals, what they worry about or what their emotions are when they wake up and go to bed.
Asking questions to ourselves helps us become more aware of our beliefs and daily thought life. Our daily behaviors are not built off of instinct, but a set of beliefs. If we are not aware of our root beliefs, we will not be able to address changes to our behaviors.
3- Accomplish 3 Tasks
Each of my clients leave our sessions with three tasks to accomplish before the next session. This may be as simple as reading an article, making an appointment or cleaning out a closet. As the clients get in the pattern of this and see the results, they begin to apply this to their daily routine by doing three things well each day and no more. If a task didn’t get done, they observe why, make changes and make it one of the tasks to do the next day.
We often are driven by the mentality that if only we can do more, we will be more. But the truth is that often in trying to do more, we have less and feel less because we are not able to do things well and pause to celebrate what is really happening. Losing sleep, eating junk food and telling ourselves we are failures is not life giving. By looking only to three tasks a day, month or week, my clients are able to have room to celebrate what is truly being accomplished on a daily basis.
What about you? Have you made health a part of your everyday life? Check out my 6 month program that could help that become a long lasting reality!