In order to get healthy, we don’t need to make all the changes at once!
A few years ago I was very frustrated with a friend who was experiencing a LOT of health issues, yet refused to make any changes to his non-healthy habits. I just knew that if he would eat better, cut back on the unhealthy habits, drink more water, stop surrounding himself with toxic products, and meditate more he would feel better and see great results.
Then, a friend said something that has stuck in my head ever since.
You may as well ask him to STOP BREATHING! Why would you assume that he would just change EVERYTHING in his life, especially when those habits are comforting and he’s spent a lifetime developing them
When we are stressed, it is easy to turn to old habits, even when those habits aren’t the best choice. Comfort foods, alcohol, sodas, chips, cookies, chocolate, candy bars, ICE CREAM!!!
This week as I was working with a client who has decided she wants to improve her health, lose some inches, and increase her energy levels, we discussed “what are healthy food choices,” I noticed she started to get overwhelmed. It was at this point I STOPPED. We need to understand that even small changes made on a gradual basis can have huge results. And each new healthy habit stacked on top of the previous healthy habit creates a synergy toward better health!
This reaction reminded me of “might as well stop breathing.”
Many times people GIVE UP because of an ALL OR NOTHING attitude. This attitude sets you up for failure. Chronic Stress is detrimental to our health, worrying about “doing it all right” creates stress and many times causes us to fail simply by giving up on all the good we’ve started.
Pick one healthy change to implement into your daily life today… Work to master this new habit in the next month. Then, next month, add the next healthy habit – by the end of 12 months you will have 12 new healthy habits to provide the synergy needed to increase your energy, improve your health, and even reduce the inches around your waist!
My error, years ago, was in expecting my friend to change EVERYTHING all at once, rather than asking him to try making one small change at a time to better influence his healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen AMAZING results in a mere 48 hours when a client has chosen to make a “complete turnaround” but more times than not, this all inclusive, huge change is a set-up for failure.
What ONE THING will you change
TODAY to improve your health, increase
your energy levels, and your quality of
life? Then keep working on that one thing until you have it mastered… then move on to ONE more thing you can change or tweak.
Contact me for assistance in what those changes might be.
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