My “See food” diet, why I’m calorie tracking and why managing your money isn’t all about knowledge

Recently I’ve started to track my calories…
I’m not in the worst shape in the world (If broadly rectangular isn’t the worst shape in the world for the human body)
However I have put a little bit of weight on this year (Last year I did loads of exercise including running a marathon but this year I’ve been injured!) so wanted to keep a better eye on the amount of calories I’m putting in my body.
It’s been interesting…
Moving from a “See Food” diet (See food and eat it!) to a point where I’m tracking my calories has prompted a bit of a few shifts in my behaviour…
Firstly I’m now a bit more aware of the calories I’m consuming…
Secondly whilst I’m remaining relatively relaxed I am making sure I’ve got a better balance between exercise, food consumption as well as ensuring I still enjoy what I’m eating…
and
Thirdly I know that if I take action to measure my consumption it’ll nudge me into better behaviours which will in turn hopefully keep me in slightly better shape.
It’s interesting…
 
There  way we manage our health and the way we manage our financial affairs is pretty similar in a lot of ways….
Firstly the actions we know we need to take may be simple….but that doesn’t make them easy.
The reality is that managing our health or our money takes more than just knowing what to do. It’s often more about changing habits, or thinking about what we want to achieve with our lives, or understanding what drives our decisions. It’s partially knowing what to do but it’s also about psychology, behaviour and being clear about your hopes, dreams and aspirations.
 
Secondly it’s worth understanding that there isn’t a ‘perfect’
 
There’s a tendency when it comes to either our financial or health goals to aspire to ‘perfect’. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with having role models, or ambitious goals, or real drivers which help you do more…
 
However the perception of perfection can also be paralysing.
 
The reality is that any goal is achieved by taking small steps along the way…including your financial or health related goals.
You’ll make mistakes, things will go wrong, sometime you’ll feel demotivated and sometimes you’ll feel inspired. That’s all fine as long as you stay on track…
 
It won’t be perfect but it’ll get you closer to where you want to go.
 
and lastly it’s worth thinking about getting some help…
 
For me I’m using my Fitbit to track my physical activity and the Fitbit app to track my food and water consumption.
For others they join a weight loss club, or a gym, or go to a boot camp…
and when it comes to supporting you to achieve your financial goals there’s no shame in getting help…
There’s plenty of ways you can do this…
There’s apps you can use to track your budgets, there’s plenty of free information about not only the actions you need to take but also behaviour and there’s also professionally qualified financial planners who can support you to understand what you want to achieve and help you build an appropriate plan to get there…
Feel free to get in touch to see how we might be able help…

For more information about how we might be able to help feel free to get in touch on 01708 606 202 or Hello@Cervellofp.co.uk

 

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