Anyone feel like they’ve got commitment issues? And no, I don’t mean to your significant other(s). Making the decision to commit to a healthier life is a hard one to make. It’s almost like you can feel the Chic Fil A sauce slipping through your fingers. If this is something that you have been struggling with I want to encourage you to make the leap. Just take a leap of faith into the world of unknown and keep moving towards your healthiest life.
Those last two sentences were really convincing, huh? Okay, so maybe the inspirational quotes aren’t what get your gears going. Maybe you just need more practical steps and advice that you can apply to your daily life? It’s a marathon, not a sprint. You don’t have to change everything about your life, you just have to take the first step. So, here are 15 tips that you can start applying to your daily life. Pick 5 or all 15 that you want to start working on and feel all the differences that your body experiences as you start to get healthier.
- Let go of the term diet. The root of the word is actually die. If you wake up every living in a constant diet, you are going to feel suffocated. Let go of the term and just do what you are doing. Some of the best things in life don’t have a title (commitment issues, continued)
- Drink Water. I’ve said it once and I will say it a million times. This is one of the easiest changes that you can make… but, it has some of the biggest results. Shoot for 100 ounces a day. After just a few weeks you will see clearer skin, healthier hair, less boating, more energy. Who know all of that could come from water?
- Wake up earlier than usual. There is nothing worse to start off your morning than waking up late and having to rush out the door. Give yourself time to wake up, cook breakfast and put on clothes that make you feel good about yourself. Going to bed earlier also helps with waking up early. If you wake up an noon, you’ve wasted half a day and lots of opportunities. No one feels great whenever they first wake up, but give yourself 30 minutes and your body will wake up and you’ll start feeling better.
- Stop eating processed foods. Your body wasn’t made to break down all of the crap that is in processed foods. That’s probably why they taste so good. Try to get rid of these foods or keep them at a minimum. I promise you as soon as you start eating less of these items you will be able to feel a huge difference in the way that your body acts. Less sickness. More energy. Less bloating. It’s just all around better for you.
- Some people just looooove fruits and veggies. Some people don’t. But, they are the best things that you can use to fuel your body. Eat these as much as you can (with other pure proteins). If you love them, you go to town in a garden. If you don’t, find creative ways to get your servings in. Examples: yogurt bowls with fruits, smoothies with veggies blended in, cauliflower rice or pizza crust, etc.
- Its important to keep up with your personal hygiene. I know this seems elementary but it has a direct reflection on your health. Just try to wash your hair like once a week and wear clean clothes. That’s all I ask.
- Make physical activity a priority. Stop putting physical activity on the back burner. It has to be a priority in your day just like anything else. With that being said, I understand that other things get in the way. Physical activity doesn’t have to be a trip to the gym. Do a quick set of circuits in your in living room or talk a walk around the block. Just get moving.
- Make a playlist. Seems silly and probably not a way to make each day healthier. But, I can promise you that it will make each day happier. This playlist is also a great motivator for #7. Working out and being physical is much better if you’ve got good music. No one wants to hear the sound of their feet smacking the treadmill.
- Fix your food ‘tude. Food is fuel. Food is your life. I know I almost didn’t even believe myself when I typed it. Food also doesn’t fix problems. Be sure that you always listen to your attitude towards food and make sure that it’s coming from a good place. Chicken nuggets won’t make a good day bad. Unless you’re going through a break-up… eating icing directly from the container does help that.
- Don’t let food be your reward. And my goodness this is difficult. Find other things that make you happy and reward yourself with those. New clothes, mani/pedi, or a trip. Rewarding yourself with food for meeting goals just continues to create the mindset that food is a lifestyle instead of a source of fuel.
- Don’t comparing yourself to others and their journey. It’s a slippery slope and one that I get stuck on myself pretty often. Your journey and life is your journey and life. You can support what other people are doing but don’t let your support turn into a comparison
- Stop waiting. Stop waiting for the next Monday or after the holiday because you like to eat a lot during that time of year. Get started today. I promise you that your future self with thank you.
- Practice gratitude. Every day is a day to be lived full of gratitude. Be thankful.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. There will be days that you knock out all 15 things on this list. And there will be many days were you don’t do a single thing listed on it. Don’t forget why you started and why you keep going. One bad meal or a forgotten workout doesn’t cancel out your progress. Don’t get discouraged.
- You’re not doing this for anyone but yourself. Make your health a priority. Make your happiness a priority. Make yourself a priority. That’s what it’s all about.
There’s no time like the present to start living the life you dream of having. So, go out there and get what you want.