Mini habits accelerate weight loss by allowing you to make habit changes faster and easier.
You know your bad habits need to change, but the thought of changing them is overwhelming. Procrastination leads to feelings of discomfort and desperation.
You’re ready for a complete overhaul…yesterday.
This is a surefire recipe for short term gains and long term burn out.
Change the cycle with mini habits to achieve your big goals with less effort and more consistency. Here are the 12 ways mini habits create weight loss wins.
1. Mini Habits for Weight Loss: Create Spectacular Results
What may seem like a mountain of change can be within reach by starting baby steps now.
Every journey begins with one step. “Little by little, a little becomes a lot.”
A small habit change can shake up your routine enough that it causes a wave of new habits to be developed.
2. Mini Habits for Weight Loss: Help You Get Unstuck
Small Habits sneak by fear.
- You don’t have to have everything figured out. Just one small step.
- You aren’t completely changing your lifestyle. Just one small step.
- No enormous amounts of will power to make a change. Just one small step.
Sometimes the hardest part is starting. Getting into action allows you to stay in action.
3. Small Habits for Weight Loss: Get Rid of Overwhelm
Growth can be uncomfortable and scary. Trying to eliminate a major food group or start an intense exercise program is not only time consuming, but uses up energy that you need in other areas of your life.
Too many times, I have decided to overhaul a part of my life. By the middle of the day, my children wonder who has possed their mother. Life is full enough without making big changes all at once. Small habits are less stressful for you and your family.
4. Mini Habits Increase Your Confidence and Integrity
They allow you to believe in yourself again. You’ve broken promises to yourself in the past. When you’ll go to bed, what you will eat, how often you’ll exercise, etc. After years of giving up, you feel defeated by your lofty goals.
Small habits fix this. A small easy habit done each day builds trust with yourself again. They’re doable. You can build on them.
They build confidence in yourself. Hopelessness and overwhelm is replaced by hope and excitement.
5. Mini Habits for Weight Loss are Loving and Patient.
How well do you take care of that old tattered T-shirt you use for painting? How about the beautiful shirt that is just the right color and looks amazing on you? You take care of what you love.
Do you love yourself?
Small habits are a way to be loving and patient with yourself. They nurture you by slowly building good habits into your life.
Little habits are easier to implement. If you miss a day. Start again the next. It is just a small step, nothing that you can’t pick right back up.
6. Mini Habits for Weight Loss Build Consistency
Starting new habits can be difficult, but staying consistent with healthy choices is what builds results.
After even a week of drinking more water every day, you’ll feel less hungry during the day. It helped me stop drinking hot cocoa in the morning. I just lost my desire for it. Even though I had wanted to give the habit up for months, I still craved it every morning until I was hydrated by my water habit.
7. Mini Habits Create Momentum
Habits grow faster when you build momentum. The feeling of success in even a small habit allows positive change to occur in other areas of your life.
One positive change leads to another. Instead of cutting out bad habits, you crowd them out with new good habits.
8. Small Habits Need to Be Tiny
Just like a toddler can topple with too big of a step, your steps can be too big too.
If you’ve set small goals in the past and you weren’t able to achieve them, chances are they weren’t small enough. Identify the very next step. Here is an example.
Goal: Drink a green smoothie every day to increase veggie consumption.
There are lots of steps to make this happen.
- Put smoothie ingredients on your weekly grocery list.
- After purchasing the ingredients, wash and prepare veggies or buy prewashed and cut veggies for assembly.
- Prep smoothies – freeze the ingredients in zip lock bags to add to the blender with water every day.
These smaller next steps may need to be worked on before you actually get to the goal of drinking a green smoothie every day. The easier you make your next step, the more likely you will be to achieve it.
Every step in the process needs to be easy and doable. Sometimes baby steps need to be so small no one else would see it as a movement.
Slow and steady wins the race. Small successes that are easy to keep up allow you to stay consistent. Consistency gets results.
9. Mini Habits for Weight Loss are Easy to Re-evaluate
If you fall short, you can easily adjust. No need to beat yourself up. It isn’t a failure. You’re on a journey. Sometimes plans need to change.
When you make a radical change to your normal habits it’s hard to figure out what needs to change if something isn’t working.
With small habits, it is easy to see what isn’t working and why.
When I first made the goal to drink 8 glasses of water a day, it was discouraging when I only drank 2 or 3 glasses. So I lowered my goal to 8 glasses of water a day for only 3 days a week. Still, I struggled to get all 8 glasses.
So the goal went from 8 glasses to 4 and this seemed effortless.
Next, I anchored my new habit to other established habits. This allowed me to easily bump up to 8 glasses of water a day. While it was discouraging at first, I knew if I kept trying I would be successful.
Fear of failure is diminished because adjustments are easy to make when habit changes are so small.
10. Mini Habits are Encouraging
You encourage friends and family. Encourage and support yourself just like you do for others.
Combat that voice of resistance with a voice of compassion. You may not be where you want to be yet, but you are closer than yesterday.
11. Mini Habits Create New Behaviors
B.J. Fogg has a great plan for implementing small habits. In his Ted Talk below, he explains how you take a tiny habit and add it after an existing habit. The tiny habit is so tiny there is no resistance.
Bonus Tip: Once you complete the new tiny habit celebrate your success in a small way. Applaud yourself, tell yourself what an awesome job you did, and watch your new habit take root and grow.
A small celebration might be as simple as a little happy dance and “Awesome!” or 2 fist pumps down and “I’m awesome!” Okay, now try it. Seriously. Right. Now. Felt good, didn’t it? 🙂
12. Mini Habits Create a New Identity
An mini habit practiced over weeks becomes automatic. It becomes part of your identity.
It doesn’t feel right if you don’t practice it.
The benefits of an easy habit keep you on track. Imagine the feeling of forgetting to brush your teeth. It’s the same with an exercise program, drinking more water, or eating more vegetables. If you miss a couple of days, it doesn’t feel good. The habit has become a part of who you are. Healthy feels good.
Do you have any habits you’d like to add? Do they feel small or big and overwhelming? Have you tried to add them in the past? How did it go? What’s one habit that could you change today to show yourself more love? Let’s talk in the comments below!
Weight loss is a side effect of healthy living which makes healthy ways – shapely ways.
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