Hello everyone! So a week has gone by. I hope your determination stayed strong.
So what does T stand for as we do our SWOT analysis?
Now, no one is threatening you or anything. I know there’s always a fear factor that some health coaches employ on their mentees. But I’m not your coach. Neither am I claiming to be your mentor. We are all on this journey together.
We become our own advocates, coaches, and mentors. As I said earlier in this journey, nobody knows your body more than you do. I am here to share what I learned from the Culinary Medicine course. And I haven’t even started yet.
The first seven days are to prime our minds to get ready to embrace a better lifestyle.
Change often starts in our mindset. Unless we are willing and fully committed to embarking on the journey, it’ll be hard to embrace the challenges that will come with it.
As I mentioned yesterday, the threats are external conditions that may prevent you from achieving your goal. What are some of these?
Disruptions in your routine.
Are you going on a holiday trip? Do you fear that you can’t adhere to your plans because of it? Is it possible to plan ahead?
External conditions are not conducive.
It could be that this pandemic has made resources hard to access—no fresh produce on hand. Ingredients are not available. Exercising seems an impossible task. You can come up with as many reasons, which in the long run can become mere excuses. Look at all these factors in the eye, stare at them, and think... Are these really roadblocks or just me putting the roadblocks on myself?
We can engage in the program and start strong but, in the end, lose our fire. We get distracted by other endeavors. We pursue a diet and get hooked to cooking and baking and eating more in the process! We lose track of our goal.
Bad influence or temptations.
Yesterday, I shared how I pursued a healthier diet because of the opportunity that my family presented to me. It was a positive peer pressure of sorts. But the opposite can also happen. What if you try to stick to a clean diet and the other family members aren’t on board with you? That’s going to be a challenge. How do you plan to stick to your regimen when everyone else is eating your favorite dessert?
There are ways, and there are techniques to overcome or even ride through the temptation without selling your soul to it.
As long as you know the threats, you can tap on your strengths to overcome and address these.