Health 101…

What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say ‘health’? Does it bring up feelings of frustration? Do you feel good about where your health stands?  This is a good place to start. Most of us are pretty hard on ourselves when it comes to our health and how commited we are to our health. Why is this? Maybe because we have unrealistic expectations? Or possibly because you have not maintained a strong stand in putting your health first? Whatever the reasons, now is as good a time as ever to commit to making necessary changes. Do you feel you are able to fully live your life right now? Is your health holding you back from doing all you want to do? Sometimes you need to take a step back and weigh what you are gaining from not committing to your health. Most people set very high expectations, and then when they fail to achieve them, they use that as an excuse to go back to the old behaviors. This isn’t doing you any good, other than giving you the excuse to give up. Of course it’s easier to give up(and more fun!!).  I am not going to tell you that a tofu burger is more tasty than a juicy cheeseburger. Again, it’s all in moderation, and it’s all a matter of how important a healthy lifestyle is to you. For me, being able to run around with my kids, being able to go on long bike rides, being able to climb a fourteener, is much more important than enjoying the bacon burger and fries. That’s just me, and that is what keeps me focused on eating healthy and maintaining a healthy body. You need to determine where your priorities lie and then devise a plan to keep you motivated on the end result.
1. What is important
     What is important to you may not be important to someone else. Where do your priorities lie? Is your health where you want it to be? Are you committed to giving up whatever is necessary to make some changes? Or, are you complacent with where you are? If the outcome does not far outweigh what you are doing now in your life, then you aren’t ready to commit. If you enjoy the fast food lunch more than you are willing to bring a sack lunch to work, then nothing I say is going to change that. It needs to be internal, so figure out where you stand.
2. Give up limiting words 
     There are so many words in our vocabulary that keep us from achieving the most out of life. “I can’t”, “What’s the point”, “This never works”, “I knew I couldn’t”, and so on and so forth. These are limiting words in that they keep you exactly where you are today, stuck. Until you are able to rid your vocabulary of these words, it’s going to be difficult to move forward. So, start being more aware of your internal dialogue.
3. Bite size steps
     Instead of becoming overwhelmed with the large picture, break it down. I too would be overwhelmed if I had to lose fifty pounds or completely change my eating habits. The overwhelming feeling stops you in your tracks before you even give it your all. So, for now break it down into daily steps you can take. Today I’ll eat a fresh fruit with every meal. Today I will take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Today I am going to have a salad for lunch. Just focus on the day for now, and as you begin to feel better, as you gain some energy, you can add more steps in. Again, just let the long term goal go, just focus on what you can do TODAY.
Have a great week!