Wow. Even that title is intimidating. But this is probably the question I get asked most often. First, let's break it down. You only have to "make yourself workout" until it's a habit. After that, your habit takes over and you just have to keep the train on the tracks. Much easier to do. So, the focus needs to be on step one. Habits have three components: the cue, the routine, and the reward. I attack all three.
Lately, lots of folks I know have started eating Paleo. Essentially, that means eating real food such as vegetables, meat (preferably grass fed), healthy fats, and some fruit and nuts. It eliminates all grains, processed foods, and most sugar and dairy. One of the first questions they typically ask is, "what do I eat for breakfast?" I thought I'd share some of my favorites.
For many years, I operated under the illusion that I could make good decisions on the fly and was simultaneously frustrated that I wasn't getting the results I was looking for. I never realized the two were connected. Cue the virtual 2x4 across my forehead. It easily ranks as one of my top 5 self truths. Let's break this down. First, we have to acknowledge that we don't often make rational, logical decisions. Instead, our decisions are heavily (even primarily) influenced by the design of the question itself. Disagree? Here are some examples . . .
Last November, I stumbled upon an interesting analogy for life strategy - bumper bowling. I know what you're thinking. It seems completely random and sort of ridiculous. Think about it this way . . . When you get to the bowling alley, you can bowl "normally" or you can acknowledge your weaknesses and bowl with guardrails. It's likely to bruise your ego a bit, but I'll bet your scorecard will improve. While you may not hit a strike every time, you'll certainly be racking up points with every attempt. I've learned that we can choose to live life that way too. And it's pretty much the same trade: eat some humble pie and get significantly better results. But there's one really big key . . .