Last week I wrote a blog post about the simple ways to make healthy lifestyle changes. (Click here to read it). While those changes may be simple, they require change and change ain’t always easy or fun.
Did you know that over 80% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned within a week? If change were easy, we’d all be healthy, wealthy, and happy. It’s frustrating when you know what you want to do, but you can’t get yourself to do it consistently. If it's obvious that a new behavior is of benefit, why isn’t that change easy to make?
Change is challenging for several reasons:
It isn’t easy to change, but change is possible. The primary issue keeping you from following through on your plan to change is attempting to change too much, too soon. Smaller changes are easier to accomplish and to maintain.
How You Can Change
Change is possible with an effective approach:
Change requires patience with yourself. Understand why it’s so challenging to change and choose to make changes slowly and incrementally. Imagine how much you could change over a few years if you changed just a tiny amount each week. The results would be staggering! How much have you changed over the last few years? Give slow change a chance.
Do you feel confused by all of the contradictory health information you’re constantly being berated with? You certainly are not alone. Fads are always on the rise (and then the inevitable fall), but luckily, there are some sound, sure-fire ways to live a healthier life — no trends needed. In fact, ditch the fad and diet mindset once and for all. You don’t need them. Instead, focus on long-term lifestyle changes and implementing small changes over time to build up to your long-term goals. You will be much more likely to succeed this way, and it is much more enjoyable of a process.
Let’s dig into some that you can start doing today…
1. Map out your goals. When we live life without a plan, the days turn into years… and before we know it, we’ve been saying for the past five years that we wanted to start “blank.” What are the health goals you have for yourself? What is your reason for wanting to reach these goals? Focus on how you want to feel, and map out your goals from there. For example: if you want to feel happier — what changes do you need to make to achieve that? And what steps will you take to begin that process today?
2. Appreciate where you are right now. Learning to reverse any negative self-talk you engage in can be a long process, but daily practice will leave you with bountiful results. Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if you aren’t quite where you’d like to be. When you feel yourself beginning to engage in negative self-talk, stop it in its tracks. Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and start practicing turning the negative self-talk into something positive.
3. Do it for the right reasons. As you work towards your health goals, remember that you’re working towards a greater level of health, happiness and longevity. I have caught myself many times thinking “I need to start working out more, I have that beach trip next month.” While it’s not a bad thing that you want to look fantastic in that bikini, remembering that the hard work you put into your health is so that you can live a longer, happier and healthier life will keep you on track.
There are so many ways to work on your health journey, but starting with these three tips will get you on a solid track. Keep your eye on the prize and you will reach it!
Accountability is a major factor in achieving your goals, so having someone help guide you through this health journey is incredibly beneficial. That’s what I’m here for as your Integrative Life Coach; let me help you plan and reach your ultimate healthy life goals.
How much junk food do you eat a day? If you’re like the average American, almost 60% of your calories are coming from ultra-processed food loaded with excess sugar, salt, and fat, according to a recent study by Tufts University and the University of Sao Paulo.
While many experts agree that an occasional treat causes little harm in an otherwise balanced diet, these numbers are cause for concern. Large amounts of processed food can lead to weight gain, as well as increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions.
You can turn your diet around starting today by following these guidelines for making smarter choices about what you eat and drink.
Cutting Back and Eliminating Sugar