6 Tricks to Changing Your Lifestyle
Updated: Jul 29, 2019
I want to be healthy but… At the end of the day, a LOT of people like the idea of being healthy. But that’s what it is for some people, just an idea.
Why is it so hard to be so-called “healthy”? Or to find balance? It's simple. BEING HEALTHY ISN'T A DESTINATION OR AN END GOAL. It is a lifestyle where there’s always room to improve, grow, change, and be better in one way or another.
MINDSET is a major key to being healthy. Realize that it's A GRADUAL LIFESTYLE CHANGE THAT DOESN'T JUST HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. I got serious about my eating habits and workouts in July of 2014. Here I am 3 ½ years later STILL learning about my body, finding moderation and balance, and exploring new ways to improve.
It's obvious that a lifestyle change will take time, but once you accept that it WILL take time, effort, and patience, change will start to occur. You'll take advantage of everyday being an opportunity to get better.
The learning and improving aspect never stops, which can seem annoying, but change your perspective – constantly learning is the beauty of a lifestyle change. Failure is inevitable, but since there isn’t necessarily an end goal, the room for growth is absolutely endless! Drink more water, try out a new exercise, do something out of your comfort zone, swap tea for soda, try a different style of working out, choose grilled chicken instead of fried. Make one small change each week. Take it one day at a time. Strive to make each day better than the last. Changes will come easier than you think.
Why are these small changes so hard? EXCUSES. The ever-so-popular "I’ll start Monday", too busy, too much work, the holidays are coming, eating healthy doesn’t taste good, groceries are too expensive, it takes too long to cook, healthy food doesn’t make me happy.
Not only are these excuses, but these are misconceptions. Eating healthy actually can taste good for a reasonable price. There are recipes out there to make healthier fried chicken and healthier pancakes for example (both tested and approved by my boyfriend). It’s surprising how much food can be made if you set aside 2-3 hours a week to meal prep. Once your meals are made, it’s as easy as reaching into the fridge, grabbing a container and either heating it up or packing it for work.
So how bad do you want it? That's what it all boils down to; HOW BAD YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH.
WHY do you want to eat better or start exercising more? If your reasoning is simply to look good, chances are you’ll fall off the bandwagon if you don’t see instant results. But if your reasoning is to be able to walk around town without shortness of breath, get off high blood pressure or diabetic medications, lose 2 pant sizes, run a 5k…more often than not, you’ll make choices that push you closer to your goal. LASTING changes take time.
The stronger and more specific your “why” is, the more likely you will be to take advantage of everyday, work towards your goals, and slowly change your life.
Being too busy or procrastinating on being healthier is an excuse. A very common and overused excuse. By procrastinating, you're literally saying that you’re too busy or too careless to prioritize your body and your health.
Can you think of someone who seems to juggle countless responsibilities with ease and you're left wondering how do they do it? PRIORITIZE YOUR GOALS. If it is important to you, you will make time for it. Think about a favorite TV show, getting that monthly hair appointment, meeting some friends for happy hour – these things are important to some people, so despite how busy their day might be, they’ll find a way to squeeze it in.
A major motivator of mine to meal prep and workout as I do isn’t because I want to look good, but I want to live a long and healthy life. I want to be a positive example for my family and future children. I want to be able to run around and play outside with my kids. I don’t want my body or a preventable medical condition holding me back from enjoying my life to the fullest.
7 of the top 10 leading causes of death in 2013 could have been prevented with diet and exercise. Take a minute and let that soak in. Small changes each day or each week could end up amounting to a longer life in the end. That could mean less money spent on medical bills and more time spent doing what makes you happy.
Most excuses simply stem from mindset. If your priorities and mindset are in line, that’s when lifestyle changes occur.