“If you don’t pay for good health now, you WILL pay for bad health later”
Recently a health professional suggested I do a 4-6 week dairy free, sugar free, yeast free and gluten free diet. I’m already gluten free, so really it was about the dairy,sugar and yeast. I don’t eat a lot of these items but they do make it into my diet in small amounts almost every day. A friend asked me if I was intimidated by the challenge. That made me think. I realized I wasn’t. My health is important to me and I am willing to put in time and money to make sure I am as healthy as I can be. I can see the big picture. I can see how 4 weeks could be life changing. For those who are curious, I am exactly one week in and feeling good (I’ll be doing a blog post about it in 3 weeks.) Is it easy, NO! This isn’t a limit sugar, dairy and yeast. This is an eat NO sugar, dairy or yeast. This diet has a specific health purpose, we are trying to kill unwanted yeast/bacteria. In order for it to work I have to be diligent. Anyways, it got me thinking about how other peoples approach health challenges. I think it scares them, I think many people assume they will fail immediately and decide to not start at all.
It’s a long process, I realize that. Getting to a place where you understand that your health is one of your most valuable possessions takes time. For most of us, we have to experience poor health in order to appreciate good health. WHY!? Why don’t we understand that we only get ONE body. This body we’ve been given is capable of amazing things, and when treated properly it should last us a lifetime with as little break down as possible. I want to give you a few tips for approaching any new health challenge that comes your way, whether it’s a new workout routine, way of eating, or maybe just changing a bad habit.
1.You HAVE to START
Do you think I’ve always been good at sticking to my workout routine or way of eating? Nope. It took practice. It took falling off and getting back on many, many times before it became easy. Sometimes we even need to screw up so that we can get better! Embrace your successes and your failures. Don’t plan to fail, but don’t beat yourself up when you do.
2. Take the big picture and break it into smaller pieces
Setting goals is important, but sometimes we set goals that are so big they seem impossible. For example, let’s say you want to lose 50lbs. That’s a lots of weight and it will take some time. What if you started with wanting to lose 5lbs? That’s a very attainable goal for most people, and will only take a few weeks with proper food and exercise. That way you have a taste of success rather than waiting months to lose the 50lbs, and not being happy until you do. You have to remember that even the smallest step in the right direction brings you closer to your destination. Take your big goals and break them into smaller goals.
3. Know Your Why
Why are you taking on this particular health challenge? What is your motivation? If you’re doing it for the right reasons you will be more likely to stick to it. If your goals are something you hope to maintain the rest of your life, you are more likely to stick to it. For example, I cannot tell you how many times people came to me for training because they wanted to lose weight for a specific event (wedding, trip etc…) While many of them did achieve their goal, a few months later I would see them, and they had fallen back into their old ways. That’s because their goal was only to look good for that ONE day. If they came in and told me they wanted to achieve their goals because they knew it would improve their overall health/life, there was a very good chance they were hoping to make sustainable lifestyle changes. Make sure your WHY is worthwhile.
Now, go make some good choices!