Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tips for Implementing Change

Today was the last day of my internship! We had a great breakfast this morning at an unnecessarily swanky place for a morning meal called KTCHN, but it was yet another great opportunity for self-reflection. (Which is also a post that I am still in the process of working on). I never thought the summer would go by this fast, but I can now honestly say I learned so much about my professional goals, my interests, and working in a corporate environment.

In honor of wrapping up a great experience, I would like to share with you an article that I wrote for our company's newsletter. Their employees are embarking on a twelve week health challenge, and so I was asked to come up with a piece addressing it. Well, I ended up putting my own spin on the assignment, and instead of a summary came up with a couple of thoughts and recommendations on implementing change. Moving beyond our company's health challenge, these can absolutely be helpful for anyone, including myself, to keep in mind while working towards a healthier lifestyle, athletic achievement, or whatever your goals may be:

Tips for Implementing Change
  • When making changes to your diet and exercise routine, sustainability is an important consideration. Always make changes with an outlook toward the long run. Although a "challenge" will not last forever, a lifestyle will. Having a smart mindset and strategy is important, because looking beyond the short term, being able to keep some of the same goals and/or tailor them for the future will keep you motivated and prevent a rebound.
  • Moderation is key! Cut yourself some slack every once in a while, because no one is perfect. (As much as I hate to hear it myself) By not having expectations of perfection, you can implement changes without it feeling like a chore. Getting into a restrictive mindset can only lead to negativity and eventually keep you from reaching your goals. Instead, focus on maintaining a balanced approach.
  • Everyone is different! Just because a certain regimen works for someone else, doesn’t mean it will for you. Tailoring your diet and exercise to your unique needs and routine will make it easier to maintain in the long run. Try to avoid comparing yourself with others, because the relativity you create between yourself and others is often flawed and will end up being detrimental.
  • Don’t get discouraged! Changes do not happen overnight, and there are bound to be obstacles along the way. As long as you have a plan and stick to it, you will get where you want to be.
  • The longer you practice healthy habits, the easier and more natural they will become! Being consistent and following the guidelines you set for yourself will eventually lead your nutrition and exercise plans to become less of a “challenge” and more of a way of life. 
So there it is! I'm sure I will have to keep some of these in mind as I turn a corner and make adjustments for our upcoming preseason. Do you have any other ideas for successfully implementing change? I'd love to hear them here, on Twitter, or on Facebook. Thanks everyone :-)

PS. Tonight's snack....roasted vegetables and feta cheese! 

Roasted Vegetables and Feta Cheese

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