Resolve to Make Tiny Changes Starting Now
Raise your hand if you like change. Yes, that is what I thought…not many of you.
In the busy-ness of life, we often get into ruts, schedules and familer ways of doing things. While it’s easier to get things done because we know how to do it quickly and effienctly, it can lead to bad habits. Or worse, not enough good habits.
Change is harder when the task seems enormous. Lets say you want to start working out, eating right. Your ultimate goal is to lose 20 pounds or more. When you’re used to eating processed foods, picking up dinner in a drive thru on the way home and the most exercise you get is walking from your car to the office, its easy to get discouraged and want to give up before you’ve even begun. Allow me to make a suggestion to you if you’re in a situation that seems bigger than you are. Break it into baby steps. Resolve to make small changes. When those small things become habit, move on to bigger tasks.
Here are my suggestions to get you started.
- Resolve to eat a healthy breakfast. You’ll be doing your body a favor after fasting all night. Ignite your metabolism and give your body the fuel it needs to get through the day. Try oatmeal, a veggie omelet, or toast and fruit.
- Resolve to drink at least 5 glasses of water a day. Drink one mid morning, one with lunch, one mid afternoon, one at dinner and one after dinner. If you’re dehydrated, you’ll feel sluggish. Prevent this by drinking what your body wants most-water.
- Move more. Walk briskly anywhere you can. I walk to the post office on my lunch to check my PO box. It’s only a 20 minute round trip trek but it gets my heart rate up and I’m getting out of the office which reduces stress and refreshes me like nothing else can.
- Resolve to reduce portions. Yes, eat what you want, just eat less of it. For a week, eat half of the dessert you normally would. I guarantee you’ll be satisfied and not craving more.
- Sleep more. Part of a healthy lifestyle is taking care of yourself. You need a good 7-8 hours of shut eye per night. Jump into bed just 15 minutes before you normally would. If you’re not tired, resist the television which will keep you awake. Read a book instead.