What exactly is a healthy life?
For every person there’s a different definition of a healthy life.
For addicts, a healthy life may just mean staying sober.
For athletes, a well-balanced diet (with probably more calories and carbs than the average person) with lots of high intensity activity is a healthy life.
For a stay at home mom, a healthy life may mean making sure each meal has the right portions of fruits/veggies/meats/etc. and that everyone gets in enough exercise.
For a college student it may mean trying to not eat Ramen for at least a day or two, and walking to class instead of driving, or climbing the stairs instead of using an elevator.
For someone with cancer, being healthy means not needing chemo anymore and being able to sleep in your own bed.
The important thing to realize about healthy living is that it’s different for every one.
So then how do we approach healthy living?
Well, if you know where you fall in the healthy living spectrum then you’re already ahead of the game!
Do you have diabetes? That may mean you need to watch your blood sugar levels more intensely than a person without diabetes. It may mean you need to carry around a snack in case your blood sugar drops (Healthwise Staff, 2010, October 01).
Are you overweight/obese? Well then you might need to talk to your physician/health care provider to come up with a health plan to get on track with your weight, contact a personal trainer, get a gym membership, cut down on your “bad” foods, etc.
Do you have high cholesterol? Then you might need to look at the labels of your foods more, and munch on snacks that are proven to lower cholesterol like oatmeal, foods high in Omega-3, nuts, olive oil, etc. (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2012).
As you can see the list goes on and on. You need to find what your main problem area is and zoom in on it, then take it from there.
So what do you do once you zoom in on what your problem area is? Well let me share some advice with you!
- Motivation – This is by far the biggest thing (at least to me) when making this lifestyle change. What motivates you? For me a good quote, some cute workout clothes, and a reward is all I need to get my butt up and stepping. You need to find out what does that to you. Is it a dream board? (a board full of pictures, quotes, ambitions, etc. displaying your goals). A buddy? You can pair up with someone who’s in the same boat as you, and striving for the same goal. You two can motivate each other and keep each other on track, be each other’s shoulder to lean on. Rewards? Whether it’s an every day small reward for keeping your goals, or an end-of-the-month big reward, it’s a reward nonetheless. For me, I use things like smoothies, coffee, or some junk food as my reward for keeping my goals. Someone else I know does and end-of-the month goal and spends money on something he normally wouldn’t, like a new stereo system for his living room. Whatever works for you, that’s all that matters! (I highly caution you not to look in magazines for your inspiration though. As much as you may want to, you won’t look like the people in the magazines with the ripped 6-pack and perfectly toned body. That’s where photo shop comes into play and that’s an entirely different topic for another day)
- Write down your goal(s) – It’s proven that writing your goals down increase your likely hood of achieving the goal. I don’t care where you write it down, or how, just write it down! Use your favorite pen/pencil, and paper if it makes you feel better and enjoy looking at it better. Which ever way is going to work for you, do it! I write my goals down on a word document on my laptop, and if you’ve looked around, I also post them on this blog. It holds you accountable in a sort of way.
- Tell someone – Exclaim it to the world, yell it from the roof tops, post it on Facebook, tweet it, blog it, call someone, text someone, just tell someone! Telling someone is going to plant the idea that you’re trying to achieve something in someone else’s brain, and I can almost guarantee you, if you talk to them regularly, they WILL ask you. You could even ask someone to remind you, and ask you about your goals so you know that you’re going to have to share your progress with someone (and let’s be honest, no one is too proud to shout to the world that they failed miserably). If you don’t have someone close enough to you to speak with find an online support group, or even come to me or any other bloggers on here for support!
- DON’T GIVE UP – No matter what you do, no matter how difficult you may think it is, you CAN do it! Do everything you possibly can and don’t give up! Even if you slack off and fall off track for a while, don’t admit defeat till you accomplish those goals, you will thank yourself in the long run.
I hope these 4 tips help you in your healthy lifestyle journey as you either enter it, or are looking to change it up!
Eat Some Cookies,
Sources: Mayo Clinic Staff. (2012, July 27). Cholesterol: Top 5 foods to lower your numbers . Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/cholesterol/art-20045192?pg=1
Healthwise Staff. (2010, October 01). Diabetes: Dealing with low blood sugar from insulin. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/dealing-with-low-blood-sugar-from-insulin-for-diabetes