When it comes to health we are all starting from a different place…and we all have different needs…. different goals. No ONE is right or wrong and should never be dismissed as being less important. To do something, anything, is better than nothing at all.
Unfortunately, we live in times where health has been looked at from the wrong perspective. Many people think that if they’re not sick, then everything is fine. Others believe that the future of their health is determined exclusively by their genes. If they have “bad” genes, they can’t do anything about it. These ideas are outdated. That thinking has gotten us to where we are today – in a heap of trouble with the highest cost of medicine and the lowest rate of success. If things don’t shift soon, we leave little hope for future generations. Despite your genetics, there is a lot you can do for your health.
If you’ve come to the reality that you need to do something: maybe it’s lose a few pounds, or figure out why you always get headaches, or why you’ve suddenly developed eczema. Perhaps you want to learn how to eat healthier or maybe you want to train for that marathon that you’ve talked about for years. Whatever it is, don’t wait any longer.
Just getting started is the key. When you begin, don’t go crazy … start small. Think about the result and how good you’ll feel when you’ve accomplished your goal. Then begin writing things down – what steps will you need to take to get there? Is there a deadline? If not, create one. This will help you work backwards to set steps for success.
If your goal is to lose weight, decide how much and by when. I find it easiest to work in 10 lb. increments. The first week you may want to simply start off by drinking more water – shoot for 42 oz./day. Then, set another small goal. Maybe you can increase your vegetables, having no less than 2 or 3 servings/day. The next step might be to have a protein shake for breakfast instead of toast or cereal. As you add in healthier options, don’t forget to reduce the unhealthy norms, like processed foods, fast food and starchy, white sugars and flours.
Once you commit to these small changes, you will gain confidence and build yourself up for a more positive outcome. If you are committed to change, change will happen. It’s important to believe in yourself.
I know you can do this. I know because I have, too, but not before failing first. I still have to check in with my goals at times, but I never give up. When something really matters to you and you want it bad enough, don’t give up. You can succeed, despite what others might tell you!
Your health is important and so are you! You have been blessed with LIFE – live it to its fullest!