How to create new, healthy, & positive habits that actually STICK (expert interview inside)

Nope, this is not an April Fool's joke (hehe- almost got you;))... making your new, healthy, and positive habits STICK is actually possible and doesn't have to be gruelingly painful or miserable :)

Have you ever tried to create a new habit (hello New Year's Resolutions and fitness goals for summer) and you were great at keeping up with it for about 2 weeks -maybe even a month- until you were thrown right back into your old ways. How does that happen and why is it so hard to create new habits that actually STICK?

We tell ourselves: 

  • On Monday, I will change my diet and finally lose the weight for good
  • I'm going to start exercising 3 times a week. No excuses.
  • I'm going to call my parents more often.
  • I will get up earlier and actually get ready instead of rolling out of bed and scrambling into work.
  • I am going to cook at home more often.

And then slowly but surely, you sneak in a little cookie after lunch, switch from the 1.5 hour long vinyasa class to the 1 hour restorative one, call your parents while you run to the brunch you are already late for, and so forth... you get the picture.

The slope away from your new habits is a slippery one.

To help you (and me:)) create new habits and be able to stick to them without draining ourselves and making our lives boring, rigid, and uninspired, I want to introduce you to my friend Maria Brilaki. Maria did her graduate studies at Stanford University and is the author of "Surprisingly... Unstuck: The Power of Small Healthy Habits In A World Addicted To Instant Results." She developed a "9-week exercise program for lazy people" called Exercise Bliss. Find out more about Maria on her website www.fitnessreloaded.com.

In the interview, you will learn:

  • how you can get started and create new, healthy, and positive habits 
  • what the real challenge is when it comes to sticking to new habits (hint: it's not a lack of motivation or will-power!)
  • what the Harnessing Motivation Technique is and why it can make or break your new habit
  • how you can start to really believe in yourself and your abilities (this was Maria's and my favorite question ;))

 

In the comments below, we'd love to hear from you: What new, healthy, and positive habits would you really like to create for yourself but have had a hard time making stick? What is your biggest take-away from this video?

with love, 

Caroline


 

Caroline Zwickson

Caroline Zwickson has a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Women’s Health Coach focusing on natural pregnancy preparation, hormone balance & postpartum recovery for women who want to feel amazing in their own skin and birth happy babies.

Caroline integrates functional nutrition, life & wellness coaching, as well as positive psychology to guide her clients in creating joyful lives and fertile bodies. She skillfully helps her clients adapt to new food & lifestyle habits that are grounded in establishing physical and emotional balance and health so that they can make decisions that are truly based on their goals, desires and intentions in life, especially at the onset of a new era: motherhood. Knowing how to nourish yourself in a way that promotes hormonal balance and having a close, loving relationship with yourself is the best possible preparation for pregnancy and motherhood.

Through her own experience navigating hormonal imbalances after coming off birth control in her 20s, Caroline experienced first hand that the most important factor in achieving a healthy and fun pregnancy is how women prepare their bodies and lives before they conceive. Her approach to women’s fertility and motherhood is based on positivity and the firm belief that women have an immense capacity for creation and bringing joy and beauty to the world.

Caroline has been featured in The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Your Bella Life, The Beauty Bean and Cafe Truth. She has spoken at companies like Martha Stewart Living, Yelp, AMEX, Twitter, and Charity Water. You can find out more about her at www.carolinezwickson.com and you can download her FREE workbook guiding you through her top 5 tools to help you conceive naturally.