If you want to make a change in your life, you have to commit to your decision. Change doesn’t happen overnight, it is something you have to work towards. Working towards creating a healthier lifestyle is going to take time and effort.
Change of Mindset
You need to discover that it is your choice to make a lifestyle change. You need to get in the right mindset, so you have the ability to create a path to build your new life. Look at how you’re living your life now and how your behaviours may be affecting your health. Once you see what negative aspects to start reducing in your life, you can move on to the next step.
Now that you have a vision of what you want your lifestyle to be, it is time to break it down and start creating goals for yourself. There are two types of goals you should set, short-term and long-term. It could be an exercise program, a new diet, or a weekly weigh-in, but you should write down your specific, realistic goals. The goals will help you see the progress you make during your change and keep you motivated throughout it. When you reach a goal, celebrate by rewarding yourself. You may need to come up with a new reward system and not reaffirm yourself with junk food. Instead, go out and buy a new outfit.
Have a Support System
Changing your lifestyle is a difficult time. You will have high and low points during this journey. You will want to have a support system to encourage you when times get tough. Though your main support is yourself because you are responsible for your success, family and friends can help as well. Share your goals with them, confide in them when you are feeling discouraged, and celebrate when you obtain your goals.
Start Making Healthier Choices
Now that you have your new mindset, your goals, and your support system, it is time to start making changes in your life. Purge your pantry and fridge. Fill your kitchen with fresh produce and lean proteins. Throw away those frozen meals and start buying fresh ingredients to cook. Plan healthy to-go meals for when you are in a rush and don’t have much time. Join a gym, hire a trainer, or invest in fitness technology. Depending on what your goals are, it depends on the changes you need to make.
This is an important change you are making. It takes about a month for a habit to start to form and longer for that habit to stick. You want to take things slow and make small changes at first and then lead to your all-around healthier lifestyle. Enjoy the journey and the outcome!