Finding Your New Normal In 3 Easy Steps

Wow! The past three weeks have been a whirlwind.

Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to find a new normal with all the chaos in the world around us?

Jason and I are learning to work from home, homeschooling our kids, and figure out how to find a new normal. When we first closed Healthy Steps Nutrition HQ, we thought it might just be for a couple of weeks, but, unfortunately, it looks like it will be longer than that. 

The biggest thing our clients are asking for is helping find a new normal. Every client was paired with a coach to keep them accountable to what they commit to towards their goals. For every person, it’s different, but we all have the same goal of wanting some normalcy in the midst of chaos around us. 

Here are 3 Steps To Finding Your New Normal:

1. You Need A Plan

You are probably saving time not having to drive to work. Whether you are working or not, you need to create a schedule for yourself. You need to schedule your meals, workouts, time for work, and self-care.

It’s essential to create a schedule and map out what you want to accomplish for the day. Otherwise, you will find yourself mindlessly wasting the day away. 

One thing that has helped me is planning my workouts. I’m getting in more workouts joining the zoom classes because there is no drive time, and it’s just a click away! I have a timer on my phone at 5:25 PM to remind me to stop and click in for the 5:30 PM class. Zoom classes with our community virtually are the highlight of my day. 

Our members are saying that the classes are their bright spot of the day. 

If you find yourself forgetting to eat or venturing into the kitchen too often, try scheduling out your meals and snacks. Even though you are working from home, you should create a plan to prep and portion your meals to help you stay on track with your nutrition. 

Now is the time to do a closet cleanout and make sure you set yourself up for success with healthy options readily available. 

2. Find An Accountability Partner

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. 

Is your roommate or significant other a positive or negative influence on helping you stay healthy? If you lack someone who is a positive influence around you, it’s time to reach out to a friend (or few) virtually. Now, more than ever, you need a connection with a community of people who will help you stay healthy! 

“According to one large-scale study, having a friend, an adult sibling, or a spouse who is obese increases your own obesity risk by 57 percent, 40 percent, and 37 percent, respectively.” {Quoted from Precision Nutrition}

Why does this matter? 

If you surround yourself with people who are a positive influence, it will be easier for you to have the support you need to stay healthy!

Kristen and Scott said, “The virtual HSN classes have allowed us to work out together instead of separate. We’ve been able to get MORE workouts in at home than we were before. We have a home gym and could do everything we wanted, but we find ourselves joining the online class at 5:30 PM for accountability. We know we have people waiting on us, and we look forward to the challenge and conversation.”

3. Take Action & Track Your Progress

Taking action is the most critical piece of the puzzle. We have 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts per day, but if we don’t take action, you will never achieve the results. 

You do not need to change everything at once. We recommend the opposite. Think about ONE thing that you will commit to and keep yourself accountable to that by tracking your process. 

About 15 months ago, I committed to 16 workouts a month. We track our active days using an app called SugarWod. Guess what, since moving to a virtual platform, it has been easier to workout! I was able to get in the most workouts in over 3 years last month, 23!

You don’t need anything fancy. Grab a post-it note and write the numbers 1-16 on it. As you exercise each day, write down the date and track the number of active days per week. 

We started a Stay Healthy Broward and Palm Beach Facebook group where we are providing at home workouts, nutrition tips and recipes. If you are looking for free help, join this facebook group >>HERE.

If want more accountability and support, we can help! 

At HSN HQ, all of our members have been paired with a coach to provide support and accountability. We are also offering daily virtual zoom classes. Members love the individual support from their personal coach and the community engagement with the virtual classes. 

Jason Friedman said, “The best part of my day during the past few weeks has easily been the online classes HSN has offered. They help bring a sense of normalcy to my days that have been anything but, and, of course, they help me stay on track with my fitness and nutrition goals.”

Finding a new normal when there is chaos around you isn’t easy. First, you need to start with a plan. From there, you need to surround yourself {virtually} with a community that is a positive influence around you. Lastly, you need to take action. 

Don’t try to change everything — just focus on one habit at a time. Focus on what you can control and turn this obstacle into an opportunity to invest in yourself and stay healthy!

Stay Healthy, 

Nicole

PS- Healthy Steps Nutrition offers virtual coaching programs to develop a customized plan just for you and individualized coaching to keep you accountable. Apply for virtual coaching >>HERE.