Small changes can make a big difference!
Persistence, even in little things (like nutrition and fitness) can have a big impact in your overall health.
Here are some ideas to help you get started.
- Drink 8 or 9 glasses of water per day and not your usual 6 or 7.
- Chew your food slowly instead of scarfing down your meal.
- Power walk 30 minutes instead of your usual 15.
- Work out while you watch TV instead of vegging out, munching on chips.
- Wake up early in the morning and work out instead of waiting until after work when you’re tired and busy and less likely to follow through.
- Park your car further away from your destination so you can take more steps on your way in to work (or the grocery story, movie theater, church, etc.).
- Avoid self-defeating messages. Instead change your thoughts to reflect the positive goals you’re working to achieve. You might want to journal about your feelings and goals. Some people like to have a mantra that they repeat when the start being hard (unforgiving) on themselves. I like these:
- Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.
- Ask yourself, “Who do I want to be?”
- The true measure of your success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.
- The story of your life has many chapters. One bad chapter doesn’t mean it’s the end. So stop re-reading the bad one already and turn the page.
- This too shall pass.
- You got this!
- With change comes opportunity.
- And one of my favorites, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” (from The Help) You might want to check out the video clip below.
Food for Thought
What changes have you made? What have you noticed as a result of your efforts?
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