One of the biggest obstacles you are going to face when trying to create a healthy lifestyle change is your own mindset.
Don’t think of your new goal to eat healthier and exercise regularly as a diet, think of it as a lifestyle you’d like to live.
A lifestyle change is lifelong.
Helping you get healthier so that you can be more active with your children.
Fad diets might work while you are actively working on that specific diet.
Maybe you’ll lose 10 pounds.
What happens after the diet though?
You gain back 20.
That does not help your body or your self-esteem.
Remember that everyone has off days and don’t beat yourself up if you cheat one day.
You are in this for the long haul.
You did not start eating unhealthy and exercising sporadically overnight.
The process to become healthy and exercise on a regular basis will not happen overnight either.
Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life!
Learn the power of the mind and perception. There is no reality, just our perception of it.
Courtesy of Dr. John Bergman
Take your new healthy lifestyle one day at a time.
You don’t have to do everything at once and trying to might get overwhelming.
Then you binge eat or ignore the goal completely.
Change one small thing today and then keep it up for a week.
You can add a new healthy habit daily, weekly, or once you’ve accomplished your first one.
A quick habit to begin is to start parking in the back of the parking lot when shopping or doing errands.
The walk only takes a few minutes extra, but if you’ve got a few stops your step count for the day will go up.
Even 5 minutes of yoga, stretching or walking in the morning will get you moving in the right direction.
Get up a few minutes before the kids and stretch.
Do what feels right for yourself and your body.
Now that we have exercise taken care of what about healthy eating?
The easiest habit is drinking more water.
Again start small.
Try drinking 20 ounces of water every day.
If that isn’t enough or you’ve done that for a week try 30 or 40 ounces.
Keep increasing until you are drinking at least 60 ounces a day.
Making small commitments and keeping with them every single day might not seem like you are doing a lot, but you are getting into the habit of being more mindful of your health through eating and exercising.
One small habit today turns into a bigger habit tomorrow.
By the end of the year your five minutes a day has turned into 30 minutes 4 or 5 times a week.