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Evolution NOT Revolution

The hardest step is the first one, in all aspects of health and wellbeing: the first time you walk in a gym; the first shopping trip where you try not to fill the trolley with the usual junk; the conversation with your partner explaining what you’re doing and how important it is to you.  Once it’s done things become much easier, further changes and motivation can start to flow from the realisation things aren’t quite as daunting as you first thought.

There are a couple of things you should bear in mind though.  FIrstly, this is the honeymoon period, remember to keep looking forward and staying focussed when the novelty wears off.  Secondly -  don’t try to do too much at once.  You need to be able to adjust to and embed any new habit, trying to change too many things too quickly is like going from having your first driving lesson, straight to the F1 grid - it you’re lucky you’ll stall and can go back a few stages and build up again, if you’re unlucky you could crash out completely and end up back as a passenger again.  You could lose motivation or change too many things in your diet for your body to be able to adjust quickly enough resulting in feeling worse not better and/or having embarrassing trips to the loo.  Evolve your habits for the better, don’t try to revolutionise your lifestyle, if you evolve enough over a sustained length of time, the revolution will come.