When you decide enough is enough!!!
Four years ago, I decided “enough is enough!” I took control and started building healthy habits and working on a healthy lifestyle. I found a nutrition lifestyle and workout program that works for me. I feel good about myself. I am healthy and I like to work out. By taking control and doing something about how I felt and what I wanted to change – I took away the excuses. I know that I can only blame myself when I make bad choices.
It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or says – it’s up to you.
The doctor can tell you that your blood pressure is too high, you need to watch your cholesterol, or you are pre-diabetic and need to change your diet. Your spouse can tell you that you need to exercise, quit smoking, change your eating habits or quit watching so much television! Your clothes can tell you that you need to lose some weight or get a bigger size! Your boss can tell you that “he can’t overlook you being late to work anymore” and you better be on time if you want to keep your job.
Friends, family and professionals can ALL tell you what you need to do for a better or healthier lifestyle, BUT until YOU decide “enough is enough” it doesn’t make any difference.
So you decided “enough already “! What next? You need to know:
*What you are changing.
*How to make the changes.
*A plan of action – commitment .
Nutrition– you can start with portion control, eating more fresh foods, cut down on dining out and stop eating processed foods. Or you can decide to follow a thirty day plan. Keto, vegetarian, low carb, whole 30, intermittent fasting, portion fix – there are a lot of great nutrition plans that are not diets. They are designed to help you make healthy food choices to fuel your body, feel better and help you lose weight. There is a lot of valuable information on the internet and many great books are available. Talk to your doctor and look for something that you can reasonable follow for thirty days to START with.
Time management– When the alarm goes off – get up! Don’t think about it, just do it. It doesn’t matter if ‘you feel like it”, most of us don’t feel like being adults 50% of the time, but we take responsibility and do it any way! Make sure that you go to bed early enough so that it doesn’t need to be a war every morning to get out of bed! Pushing snooze just delays the inevitable and puts you behind at the very beginning of your day! 3 – 2- 1 – go! Get up and move.
Getting active or exercising – you have to get up and move. Schedule it into your day. Get a walking partner, walk at lunch, exercise at home first thing in the morning, join an exercise class or group, do an activity that you enjoy. Make a commitment to yourself for 30 days. Ask someone to be your accountability partner. Post in social media about your exercise or activity experience every day! If you hate it – say so, but say why you will keep it up for thirty days. The next thirty days try something different. After three months you should gave built a healthy habit and should be feeling better about yourself and more energetic!
When I started, I gave myself a 21 day challenge. The next month, I went for 30 days. By then, I was getting addicted to working out every morning and I noticed many positive changes. It was easier to do another 30 day challenge and now, four years later – it is my lifestyle.
SLEEP, NUTRITION, ACTIVITY, MINDSET
Do you need to introduce small changes or clean out the cupboards and make a clean start? Know your personality and be positive about the changes you are making. Tell yourself that you can do it, you feel better, you are proud of yourself. Every day positively encourage yourself and find a coach, partner or group that will help to encourage you also.
What do you need to change? Where do you think that you need the most help? I would love to hear your thoughts or if you recently began a lifestyle change, share what your victories and struggles have been.