Health: Instead of New Year’s Resolutions – Baby Steps to a Healthier Life
Guest Post by 3D Vitality Health Coach Ann Musico
It’s almost the middle of February and my question to you is: So how are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions? If you are like the majority of people, most of them have been long forgotten as you settle back into your default behaviors. If you’ve read my blogs for any length of time, you know I favor taking “baby steps” to a healthier life. And it doesn’t matter how long you stay on each step – speed is not the point. Making each change a true lifestyle change is what really will make a positive impact in your life.
I did two interviews with Iron Jen last year where we discussed simple and easy tips to a healthier life – spirit, soul and body. Here are the links for each if you’d like to listen: Interview 1 and Interview 2
If you are discouraged by your own lack of follow through and you still want to make 2014 your healthiest ever, don’t despair! It is only February. You still have the bulk of the year ahead of you. My suggestion is to decide what areas you feel need the most work and then list no more than 3 changes you would like to make. For example, let’s say you want to lose weight, which is #1 on most people’s list. Honestly assess your current habits. That’s the best way to see what you are doing that is contributing to the problem rather than moving you toward the achievement of your goals. (If you’re not sure where to begin, I can help.)
So let’s say you drink a couple of sodas a day, eat fast foods and carbs are your preferred food for every meal. (Don’t laugh, I knew someone who ate pancakes, pizza and pasta every day and couldn’t understand why he wasn’t losing weight!) Anyway, my suggestion is to begin with one change – let’s take the sodas which if they are sugar-sweetened are empty calories and if they are “diet” sodas, will make you crave more sweets. Anyway, make the quality decision that you will replace one soda with 16 oz. of water. That’s all.
Even if you drink 3 or 4 sodas a day and you only replace one for the next 2 weeks – consider that a victory and congratulate yourself! In fact by choosing to make one small, simple change over a two week period, studies have proven that people are better able to incorporate those changes long term. Once that becomes habit, replace the second one. Take as long as you need. As long as you are moving in the right direction, it will pay great dividends.
If you need help doing this I would be honored to help you. If you subscribe to my free, weekly No-Nonsense Nutrition Report, I will send you free, as my gift, my Simple Steps to a Healthy Life to help you get started!
How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?