Mindfulness, awareness and circumspection are all just fancy terms for paying more attention, and paying more attention is perhaps the biggest factor in creating successful behavior change. Whether you want to lose weight, get stronger, run longer, sleep better, stress less or just have a brighter outlook on life, the way to start is by paying more attention to what you do from moment to moment right now.
Our lives are largely shaped by our day-to-day habits, and most of those habits are so deeply ingrained that we don’t even think about our actions. We follow the same morning routines every weekday; we drive the same route to work; we use essentially the same vocabulary in conversation; we eat meals consisting of the same 30 foods – the list goes on and on. What we forget, though, is that each and every one of these “autopilot actions” actually represents the opportunity to make a choice. When we break out of this mindless action loop and give our conscious attention to those small decisions, we begin to create positive change and reshape our habits.
By slowing down and thinking about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, you take back some of the control you have given over to your habits. If you’re looking for more specific guidance, check out my book, Reboot Your Body, which offers a detailed, step-by-step guide that explains how to use the power of awareness to foster behavior change and achieve your weight loss goals. It’s also packed with information about diet, tips on exercise, and a look at the important issue of the role genetics plays in obesity and weight loss.