Good Fortune travels on a
breeze… Stand and let the
wind blow through you…
Good Fortune travels on a
breeze… Stand and let the
wind blow through you…
Here we Go, Here we Go, Here we go, and we’re off………
Action is the next exciting stage that will define what and where we travel to from here.
If its change you want, then its change you’ll get. The use of the change model by Prochaska and DiClemente, 1992 is used by professionals around the world, to invoke a clear and delineated gradient traveling from Pre-contemplation… to where we have progressed to “Action“, now.
Following the Contemplation stage, ‘Action’ is one of the biggest stages of Change used in order to test the waters and trial a new behavior. When people modify their behavior and move through to the action stage there has been a shift or growth in attitude shifting away from the bad behavior.
Action stage is just one of the stages- So at this level a person is prepared to give new challenges a go. It may mean that individuals will also modify other areas to overcome or to improve their current problem. Lets take a person who has weight gain for example, and what this may require from someone at the action stage.
This requires commitment and time to action change. If it is an increase in exercise that the person needs, they need to find suitable time and a place to exercise on an ongoing basis. It may also mean that the person actively needs to seek out some support to keep them on track. Like the use of a gym for inclement weather, and healthy food alternatives.
The person trialing their new action, needs to be mindful of how their past experiences have molded their bad behavior, and try and steer clear of these while changes takes hold.
Consider alternative options when your action is implemented, as the same old routine or environment (ie cake shops, movies,) and sedentary places filled with no exercise and lack of healthy food options only fuel the status quo.
‘Action’ stage is a highly visible stage that is recognizable to oneself and others, so for re-enforcement of healthy weight loss and exercise, continue sticking to the regime. This may include some encouragement from close friends and family at this time. Walking the walk and talking the talk also helps to stay on track. Keep positive about your future steps and allow other people to join in and celebrate with the new you.
How to keep the “Action” stage favorable and part of your life.
I’m a “What” – you say……. Yes, after blissfully skipping through life as a Pre-Contemplator or in a Pre-Contemplative state not caring about the issue of weight loss(Di Clemente 1992) then discussed that there may be reason to expect a shift in the stage that a person is at-and that the change made may make you a Contemplator. this means that there has been a shift on the Continuum from “Nope, Nup, Never and NO”!!!! to a more Contemplative ……Maybe. So let us now look at this little shift and what it means.
“Well, Yes my weight has gone up a bit these last few years, and is a little bit concerning to me because I dont seem to be as quick to move as I used to be, and dont fit into my favorite clothes anymore, but I am really busy right now and couldn’t possibly start an exercise and weight regime just now. I may do though, after my months holiday.”
So that’s a Contemplator…..Does that sound familiar.
So it makes sense, for anyone sitting particularly comfortably on a fence trying to decide what to do, that here are many tips to go to………..
Try encouraging a future scene by following some of the tips.
Current weight Issues
Uncomfortable, cant fit clothes
Unhealthy weight to height ratio
Increase in health risk
Higher Cholesterol, heart/stroke risk
Less involvement in activities
With weight Loss
Move more freely, look better
Lowers BMI and Body fat reading
Reduce associated health risk
Reduce stroke/heart attack risk
Higher Self Esteem
Then with this information there is forethought on the subject and how much priority is attached to losing weight or keeping the status quo.
2. It is Important at this stage to let the person direct their own decision in which way to go- in this way the person will feel that they control the situation, which is a crucial element for change.
3. Exploring different options is a good way to help with the speed of decisions, once again making it a controlled move to change habits.
These Options – Healthy eating, Study of the subject, perusing different exercise Programs (gyms) male or female, reading up on the subject of weight loss (Google it) asking health Professionals, (GP) support based help and user friendly local options.
All of this information and advice moves someone further along the Continuum of Change and preps someone for the next change……………..stay tuned.
Are you one of those people who blissfully float along in life and let the wind catch your hair saying “It will be alright on the day,” or “Nah, It will never happen”. Have you decided that while you remain unaware of any discomfort to your daily life that there is no need to address any change and continue on your current route.
If we are talking about a persons immediate current desire to do nothing,……. that there might be an issue – but they can see no issue, so they see there is no concern, when there clearly is a concern….(for example a weight issue) then they could fall under the little word known as a Pre-contemplator….
Yes, that is right………. a Pre-contemplator.
Pre-contemplation is a stage in a change of behaviors that address the readiness of a person to move forward from their current position (doing nothing -blissfully ignorant) along a continuum into an area of change. Pre-contemplation may well cover a gamut of behaviors such as smoking, drinking alcohol, weight loss etc, or one that can be easy to explain like changing someones behavior in order for them to start up exercise. (Di Clemente CC, Prochaska JO 1992)
When someone has a weight gain issue, exercise is a helpful tool (along with a height/weight calorie controlled plan) to help maintain a healthy BMI and weight range. This does not mean that at this blissfully unaware stage that nothing can be done or said to help encourage someone to move forward towards change or in this instance exercise.
Goals are Important for a person to see that staying at the current weight and doing nothing will make the issue stay the same. Maybe you can help them to see a future for themselves.
Always acknowledge that a Conversation is a start in the right direction, and because there has not been added pressure the person may return to you when they change their mind……….
Well what would you be likely to expect out of the ‘New You’. If you have decided that it would be Exercise that will help you to put your best foot forward in 2017 – then lets look at some of the pluses. It may take some time, but you can look forward to an abundant amount of Pros as opposed to Cons for your makeover. Exercise is an extremely good receptive for your body to take up – and in turn will reshape your form. It is interesting to note that from an increase in physical activity you are likely to improve strength, core ability and stability. Other types of life affects from exercise that are becoming impossible to ignore are………..
Ok, Now you have started somewhere with this now and Improved ‘Motivated you’….Where to from here. There are always good reasons to keep on the path….The Final Destination is in sight or what we call….the ‘End Goal’.
What is the End Goal? What does it look like to you? With visualization and what you have to look forward to, you now you have taken steps to get closer to it (the goal) – and it should be your inspiration to continue.
So consider Exercise as an example….You will need to have more than one type of exercise to keep you in tip top shape and to continually challenge your body and mind. Try starting to exercise with a friend, relative or even your husband/wife. Then vary your technique. For example, try a gym, as well as walking, riding a bike, swimming etc with your friend. (They can help you to stay motivated and keep you honest) Remember – when you start it short be the short term goal looking toward the end goal.
They were not born into
your tribe – they become your tribe………..
they become your family.
Procrastination…..A big word. But what is it? A word that everyone has come across at some stage in there life. Its meaning…..“The action of delaying or postponing something”.
Does that word and meaning sound like something that has happened to you. Well it certainly has happened to me.
Why is it that people Procrastinate over trying something new or moving forward?
One of the reasons might include the feeling of failure in trying or in turn when you try you will fail. Same thing….. Is it because when you take that next step you become scared….or you are scared to take the next step. Same thing.
Take a really good example from me. I have procrastinated for a very long time on when and how to start to start a blog. (20 years ago it was a book) My friends have heard (and rolled their eyes ) for the past 20 years that I was going to write and publish books, because I have always said, and still say ‘there is a book in everyone’. Seven years ago I got close and with the help of work colleagues co-wrote and published a booklet which I found very enjoyable. (How to help children of Parents with Mental Health Issues In the Rockingham Region.W.A) It was however written with a group of differing agencies and we were governed by what we could publish. This said – I found the process quite easy.
Starting a Blog via the Internet was an awe inspiring idea, that I continued to procrastinate over. I am one of the least intelligent people to access and utilize the net and a computer .(just ask my friends). My minimal knowledge on the “How To” use the internet drove me to borrow my friends brains and instead of me learning myself, much to my current dismay- I just kept giving my ideas away and let them do it for me. And in turn I never sat down and learnt it myself. I was always scared that I was going to muck it up, go too slow, do it wrong or worse – break it. This I am learning is harder to do than I thought. The worst I can do is to misspell something. So What. And the simple learning Curve is, that I can only get better.
Well frankly, I decided to stop Procrastinating…. and Start.
I decided to brainstorm ideas of what I seriously would like to do, then carried a notebook around with me for a couple of months to write down ideas. I wrote the Pros and Cons of writing and where I wanted it to end up. If it never got read would I be sad. Well…Yes! But for now I am happy to continue with the fact that I can write. It does feel right! and that this is what I feel I have always wanted to do. Some of my notebook of ideas will flow through my future Blogs. It also becomes clearer where to steer and how to shape the Blog as time continues. Small Ideas can and will become big Ideas. Having Confidence in myself is enough for me to understand that it dosent always have to please everyone else, just me.
From time to time in our lives we can all be faced with Challenges. They range from the the smallest mundane challenge and generally with a single decision can be fixed or managed and overcome, ready to carry on and get ready for the next in life. These are the day to day issues in life that we all have to deal with.. What time to leave home and go to work, what is the quickest route at 8.35 am to take, how to organise dinner and pay bills, shop on the lunch break and so on. Mundane right? Right? Requiring little or no stress on any ones behalf. These issues actually become part of life without even noticing them and management of these become second nature-no thought required.
Well what about the larger ones, the more involved multi leveled time constricting, long term Challenges that affect life, peoples health, their well being, relationships, money? What about something that did not start too stressful, but while you were dealing with the mundane, another part of -“One of your Challenges in life” – it all got out of hand. While you weren’t watching the game, you took your eye off the ball, someone just hit it for a six and seemingly just flew out of the ballpark. The Issue that is.- not the ball.
And when the ball finally got dropped, rolled to a dead halt and was then found hiding under a bush….. it became a guessing game as to where it all went wrong – the Issue that is, not the ball.
There are many reasons why there wasn’t just a huge ‘Kapow’ and a wake up call to the issue (that is now at hand) it being larger than just a day to day mundane and capable one that can be solved. is it because it became far easier to ignore the growth factor and carry on with life, and because it crept slowly, grew slowly, festered, it got ignored again while hoping it would magically disappear……and then before you knew it ……It was there staring at you larger than life.
The issue then just got scary. This is where it does affect some aspect of life, and it now needs some level of interaction, solution and help to find the next logical step…..
So here is my point.
Where does it become logical, to know that what you have at hand has moved from ‘mundane and easy to handle – to an acceleration of large and scary’… and what to do next………….
This is not a health and well being site. It does not profess to be but while I have the ability to write early pieces and practice on how to familiarize myself with my new site – I would like to write and comment on all aspects of life. After all – Itsmylifetoo. Exercise, Weight Management. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge that all over the world people are becoming more and more health conscious. There is a lot of thought these days that goes into the realms of Diet and Exercise. It is a billion dollar business and can be lucrative – for those interested and that want to play the game. There is a large variant of people that range from the unaware sloths, who continue to step closer to their graves with bad choices, food or otherwise, and the alternative people who overdo every step of the process and lack some form of moderation in search for that perfect state. So, what to do? The question has been asked for decades and with those who have chosen to be involved has to some degree worked -or not. Maybe while dealing with Diet, Exercise and food management for the last 7 years within my role at a female gym (Curves) – I can literally weigh in on the subject (excuse the pun)
It would be a good time for any person wanting to take up the challenge of self Improvement through Exercise and diet to indeed comprehensively make a checklist before they start. It may help to enhance the outcome of their personal Challenge.
It does go without saying……..
It is Paramount to realize that the inner Ego definitively drives the Self. The Body is guided by not only by what happens in our day to day dealings – but that our mind or Ego plays a large part in who we are and what we are. Firstly, we are what we think we are…. and what we think about ourselves reflects outwardly in our personal worlds.
There are a multitude of people who visit the gym daily and realistically find that size does -or does not matter. If you are comfortable with your size and weight, then it becomes no ones business to tell you otherwise. With respect as to why you are visiting the gym, and if it is to improve your health……..then there in lies your answer and it is a matter for you to begin some-where, any-where because yesterday you were doing nothing…………