The only way to create real, long-lasting change is to focus on sustainable habits. Sure, it's tempting to crash diet and enroll in the most brutal class at the gym. When the line is drawn and our sights are set on a new goal, we want it yesterday. Being fed up is good. Engaging in activities that push too far, too soon is a recipe for failure. Burnout, injuries, yo-yo weight gain—these are the clues it's time to slow down.
Choosing one small habit to change at a time is a less painful approach. You'll ease into a healthy lifestyle instead of catapulting. Sure, there will be fits and starts. This is normal in the first years (yes, years) of transitioning to better health. It took time to get to where you are now; it will also take time to get out, for good.
Moving toward health and fitness should not feel like punishment. This is an amazing, life-affirming gift you are giving yourself. You deserve the very best life has to offer. Taking care of your body is the foundation for a fulfilling life.
Every day is a chance to begin again. Will you make the commitment to get fit, right here, right now? Your glorious new self is waiting.
5 Steps to Create Change
- Poster board
- Old magazines
- A friend or acquaintance
- A line in the sand