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How to Make a Lifestyle Change for Better Health

If you don't try to make a change that has a timer, or a set number of days, but make a lifestyle change instead, you'll have more success!
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How to Make a Lifestyle Change for Better Health

A Lifestyle Change has No End!

“21 Day Cleanse,” “7 day detox,” these terms are all too familiar in the health industry. Today, anything that has a time limit seems to attract more and more people who are willing to try it. In other words, when there is a start and end, people are more apt to choose that option. Sadly, in reality, these can actually sabotage long-term success, because there’s nothing motivating you once the days/steps are done. If we make small permanent lifestyle changes over time, they are much more likely to be sustained. Let me ask you this: if people are trying to figure out how to make a lifestyle change, versus count down a set number of days, should there ever be an end point?

A calendar, showing the end of the month - How to Make a Lifestyle Change

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When wanting to change your life, you first have to be ready and willing to. And the driving factor should not be that there is an end point, and you should not be counting down the days until you’re done. So, you may be wondering how to make a lifestyle change and have it stick.  To start, let’s break down the word “lifestyle.”

First, “LIFE”. I want you to think about hat this mean to you. For example, in an earlier article, I say that LIFE is Limitless, Inevitable, Fearless and Endless (some call it Epic.) So, the next question:  what would I do to make sure that’s what my life is? Take a moment and define LIFE for you. After you have done this, write down the everyday things you do to make your LIFE.

This brings us to the next part of LIFESTYLE, the ”style” part. When you think about styling something, you are molding. For example: when styling your hair, you take a product and shape and mold your hair into what you want. Your life is styled and molded every day into what you want it to be. That style evolves over time, and there is not end to it. The style may change or take an unexpected turn, but no matter what, the road keeps going. That’s why it’s so important that when you’re getting ready to make a life change, you don’t place a time limit on it! You need to be ready for it to be folded into your life, and become a part of it.  Because if there is a end to it, you may go back to unhealthier ways.

If you take it day by day, one step at a time, you can introduce yourself into a new lifestyle. Here’s a good starting point: buy a dry erase board and place it somewhere you will see it all the time, like on the fridge. At the end of each day, write what you did to help mold a healthier you, and see how many changes you can do in a week . It can be as simple as having peanut butter with vegetables for a snack instead of a bag of chips and/or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

In other words, life is a journey that begins in our mother’s stomach. We do not know our ending point, nor do we even know what can happen the next day. This can be the most scary and exciting aspect of life! That being said, if we place an item on our plate that has an end point, we can become so focused on that, we miss out on taking in the beauty and excitement of life that is happening around us. If at the end of each day, you can say you did everything you could possibly do that day, not yesterday, not tomorrow, but that day, then it’s a win and you’re succeeding.
Set goals in life and let them be achievable. Tackle one day at a time and place one foot in front of the other, and you’ll be on the way to a healthier and happier you.

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When I began to travel a lot with my job, it became very difficult to keep my eating and working out in a routine. Therefore, I said to myself , instead of working out a set, Monday to Friday schedule, I decided to get 200-250 active minutes in a week. If I had 5 minutes on Monday and 30 on Tuesday, they both went in the bank for total number of minutes. And as long as at the end of the week, I hit my goal, I was good. I simply took it one week at a time, and it made all the difference. So if you’re trying to lose weight, eat healthier, or make similar choices to improve your health, just remember: a lifestyle change is the way to go!

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