Breaking habits and establishing new ones can be a difficult process.
As I shared in my The Joy Is Found IN The Journey post, I didn’t set out to change my lifestyle. I just wanted to lose 50 pounds because I thought reaching that goal would bring happiness. However, it was THROUGH the process that I discovered it was the ACTION that brought me happiness, not reaching the goal.
This is all well and good, but sometimes, I think we just don’t know where to start. Or, like many people, we try to change too many things at one time, leading to frustration, overwhelm and the demise of our efforts.
Today, I want to share a few of the things I believe led to my long-term success of not only losing 50 pounds but transitioning into living a healthier lifestyle. Continue reading “3 Simple Ways To Build Healthier Habits That You Can Start Right Now”
When I ask you that, I’m not asking about getting your six-pack to show, feeling less exhausted all the time, or being a better writer/firefighter/senator.
No. I’m asking: Do you want to be better, think better, live with more purpose?
If you’re completely content with where you are in life right now and you don’t feel the need to grow any further, this post is not for you. You don’t need to read any further.
However, if you’re anything like me, and you feel that hunger to keep growing as a person, and to keep striving to reach your full potential, this one’s for you.
Before I share some awesome things with you about learning to do just that, I want to take a moment to share a story with you.
If there were a “Most Popular” category for questions I’ve received from my clients, today’s topic would with out a doubt be at the top of the list.
Here is a recent comment from one of my super star clients about how she is being criticized:
I have been accused of being obsessed a lot lately and it was starting to get to me. I am so not skinny. Thinner than I was 11 months ago, but far from skinny.
And skinny is not my goal. A healthy body is my goal.
My fitness is my personal journey so I don’t really talk about it except with you guys because I love y’all. But when folks notice the change in my body, they ask me how I did it.
Sadly, many times that I share my healthy eating, calorie watching, water drinking, workouts with them…they think it’s too much. Therefore, I’m obsessed.
Wow. Right? Here she is doing something to better herself. People are asking her how she does it. And yet she’s being criticized for it. Continue reading “The Law of Criticism: 4 Ways To Manage Criticism”
While working with my clients over the past four years, I’ve noticed that the vast majority of people are so goal-focused that they forget to live in the moment and enjoy their journey. When I realized this, I can’t say that I was surprised because that’s exactly how I felt when I started my journey toward a healthy and fit life.
Road Map To Success
Back when I was just under 200 pounds – miserable and knowing that something had to change – my ultimate goal then was to lose 50 pounds and to wear a size 10/12 again. (That was the smallest size I had ever been, so it seemed attainable.)
I wanted so badly to feel good about myself. I wanted not to feel depressed every day. I wanted to have energy and feel good and really be able to LIVE life with my kids, rather than observe their lives from the sofa.
I thought reaching that goal was what would make me happy, so I was laser-focused on getting there.
In the beginning, I would do my workouts and make healthier choices dutifully. I did this out of obligation – and let’s face it, a little self-guilt and fear mongering – because I knew that if I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t be happy. I attached happiness to the goal.