Change is hard. Making long lasting changes to your lifestyle is really hard. So when you are trying to make changes you need to accept all the help you can get!

Take a moment to think about what it would take to make it easier to change your lifestyle. Besides having your own personal dietitian, fitness trainer, chef and butler think what would work best for you. Also think about making yourself a little vulnerable by asking for other people’s help.

What do I mean? Having at least your partner or a parent or friend who knows about your goals and how you’re are trying to achieve them is a good start. They can give you encouragement when you are down, celebrate with you when you hit milestones and be a sounding board occasionally.

Other supporters can be partners or besties who help with the cooking and shopping, exercise with you, inspire you in other ways like helping to shop for new clothes with your new shape (that’s a whole other blog article).

Not everyone will think about offering support automatically so don’t be afraid to ask for it. And not everyone will provide the type of support you would like – they might become the food police or the exercise Nazi instead of your loving, caring friend – so be specific about what you want from them.

Don’t be afraid to ask for support – be specific about what you want

Think about the professional support you might look for, too. A personal trainer or exercise physiologist, dietitian (yes, that’s me!), health coach and psychologist may all assist you achieve your goals faster and with fewer set backs than if you go it alone. Be specific about what you want from these professionals and they will advise about what they expect from you to achieve your goals.

So to recap:

  • Change is hard
  • Recruit family and friends to support you day to day
  • Find the right health professionals for advice and direction
  • Be specific about what support you want and don’t want.

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Post byDale Cooke

I'm a nutritionist, dietitian and personal trainer with 29 years of experience helping people improve their health. I really like using a non-diet philosophy to achieving a healthy lifestyle. Can I help you improve your health?