One of the best things that you can do for yourself when you start your paleo journey is to prepare yourself for success. Believe it or not, preparing for success isn’t just about motivating yourself it is also about identifying your potential obstacles, making plans for ways to get around those obstacles, and finding ways for you to keep yourself motivated.
Even though the goal of eating paleo is to achieve your best health and weight, it will take some time to get there. If you go into this journey expecting your motivation to be enough to change your life, you will likely fail. Likewise, if you go into this journey thinking about all of the things that are going to go wrong you will likely fail. There is a balance for being successful, and a big part of that balance is knowing how to be realistic about what you should expect while still being confident that you are going to be able to achieve your goals.
It takes 21 days to create a habit. By that logic if you think about everything good and bad that you may experience in the next 21 days then you are getting yourself mentally prepared for your journey. And when you make a plan for yourself, so that you will know how to overcome any potential hurdles that you might face, then you are increasing your chances for success even more.
Think about it, let’s say that you go into your challenge extremely excited and fired up for change. And you are so excited about your new journey that you don’t take time to think about any potential pitfalls. How hard would it be to stick with this way of eating when you begin experiencing detox symptoms or hunger pains?
One the other hand, if you have a plan in place to handle those hunger pains and detox symptoms, then when those problems arise you will be ready for them, and because you are ready for them you have a much better chance of getting through them successfully.
Remember, you aren’t just starting a new way of eating, you are also starting a new way to live your life. While this is very exciting, it is also important that you are able to have patience with yourself and be gentle with yourself on this journey. There will be times when it is hard and there may even be times when you stumble, but you want to be sure that you forgive yourself quickly and embrace these things as learning experiences.