Change is good and I will be Better!
Step 5: Practice one new habit at a time: Now that you have made the change easy and gradual, let's make sure you only work on one good habit at a time. Why? If you have, let's say, 5 new habits you have to work on, it all seems cool and exciting at first but if you forget to do 1 or 2 of those new habits, you become frustrated with yourself and soon give up wondering "what's the point?". Keep it simple and incorporate one good habit at time.
Step 6: Do NOT wonder or worry if you need to do this or do that? Again, KEEP IT SIMPLE. Think about what you need to accomplish today and how you will do that. Do not worry or wonder what you will be doing next week. As the days move on, things change and so do circumstances. Think and focus on the NOW.
Step 7: Find good support from family and friends. Making those who care about your aware of the changes that you are making and how you will need their help is crucial. Just because you decide you want to be an avid runner, you do not have to find a whole new set of buddies to hang out with. Try and incorporate your friends and family in your training program. Whether they ride a bike along side of you or actually run, this will keep you UP, motivated and accountable for some great changes coming your way!
Step 8: Find a coach, trainer or running group to make you accountable: Even though you are so ready to start a new workout regime, everything is great at first and you are sticking to your plan but as soon as things get rough and the tempo starts to change, you need someone to get you back on track and keeping you in the mindset to move forward and not backwards. Nothing wrong with investing in yourself through others that can help!
Just as I stated above, make sure you take each step at a time. Even this list will be a transition for some of you. Change is good! It is only bad if you allow it to be. Stay focused, believe that you can do it and do NOT give up!
Stay healthy and happy runnings!