Hi all, this is a blog about living your life and making some healthy changes, and adopting some healthier habits along the way. We all make choices every day. We choose what to eat, what to drink, what to wear, where we are going, and the list goes on. When our attention turns to our health, one small healthy choice can lead to another, to another, and so on.
Make healthy changes
Sounds simple, but like with most things CHANGE may be difficult. When we change something, we may go against habits we have formed over days, months, or years. Change may seem foreign to us, especially at first.
Set a Goal
Set a goal for the change that you want to make and you may want to recognize why you picked this goal. State what your goal is, bind it with time, make sure it is something realistic that you can do, measure it, and be accountable to yourself or someone else for sticking with it. For example, if your goal is to start walking for exercise, I will start walking for 5 minutes per day at least 5 days per week on Monday. I will increase my walking by 5 minutes per day per week until I reach at least 30 minutes per day at least 5 days per week. I want to start walking to help with weight loss and to give me more energy to do the things I enjoy.
Set a goal you have control over, because who can we change? Pick something that you would like to change to make you healthier. Some goals typically chosen are healthier eating, exercise, stress-management, weight loss, etc. Be specific with your goal say what you are going to change, how you are going to change it, by when you are going to change, and why you want to change. Write it down so you can refer to it later. Tell a close friend what your goal is.
Stick to the plan
By telling someone or writing your goal down and posting where you will see helps you be accountable for sticking to your plan. You can read your goal when you see it, or a friend can remind you of your goal when they talk to you. Enlist the support of others to tell you what a great job you are doing, or to keep you on track if you struggle.
Remind yourself why you picked this goal to work on in the first place. Keep that thought so you remember when you may not want to stick to doing your goal.
Celebrate you for a job well done! Don’t celebrate with things that aren’t good for you, but celebrate. Maybe pick an activity you enjoy and do it, see a movie, or simply just tell yourself what a great job you are doing.