- Focus on progress, not perfection. You are NOT failing if you don’t make healthy choices 100% of the time. Aim for a “B minus” and make FfL-friendly choices 80% of the time; don’t be a perfectionist.
- You have to be honest with yourself to make this work. If you bluff your way through the log, you won’t be able to recognize negative patterns and take action to move forward positively. Be truthful and you’ll create the awareness and accountability you need to finally take control of your health.
- Consistency is KEY when it comes to creating long-lasting change. Until using your HLL becomes a habit, follow one of the suggested approaches below so you’re less likely to forget or delay using this helpful tool.
- Set a reminder that alerts you at the same time each night. (Example: create a reminder on your phone for 9 p.m. each night with a fun name like “loggin’ and livin’ FULL.”
- Habit stack. One of the best ways to build a new habit is to identify a current habit you already do each day and then associate your new behavior along with it. This will help you remember to accomplish this new goal as well. For example, maybe you want to start using your HLL right after finishing with dinner and dishes.
Tips when using your log:
- When logging your daily fitness, any duration counts. That means even a one-minute move is worthy of a check in your log!
- Think outside the box when it comes to self-care. Two minutes of meditation, a short workout OR quiet time with coffee counts! If you’re in the trenches of motherhood, something as seemingly insignificant as taking a few extra minutes to dry, straighten or style your hair deserves a checkmark.
- Release the guilt! Eating well, moving your body and prioritizing your mental health directly impacts how you feel and how you show up for yourself and others, both immediately and in the long run. So, release the guilt and remind yourself that self-care ISN’T selfish. When you feel healthy and energized, you’re able to lead by example and put your best foot forward.