I think we can all agree that just because we know WHAT we should be doing, doesn’t necessarily translate into what we ACTUALLY do. So what are the ingredients for change? I would say that knowledge is the right place to start but we also need:

1. Motivation
Motivation varies from person to person and there is no right or wrong motivation. It is highly individualized but hopefully is intrinsic and something that is realistic and achievable.
As far as a plan is concerned, research shows that people who have a plan are 2-3 times more likely to make necessary changes. So as you left Fitness Ridge with new found knowledge, were you able to apply it? Did you take the time to sit down and make a plan? I would recommend thinking about your schedule each day and where, what, when and how you will be eating and exercising. This is something I work on with guests who schedule private consults with me, and what I wish we could do with everyone. I can’t stress enough the importance of making plans. If you don’t have a plan, you have planned to fail.
So try it! Write down your schedule for this coming week. Decide where you will be eating your meals, what meals need to prepared ahead of time, what times you will be eating to ensure well-balanced, consistent meals and what needs to be picked up at the grocery store.  Obviously this takes time and dedication, but the benefit will be that you will meet your goals.
Do you make plans? And, what is your motivation?
Emily Fonnesbeck RD,CD