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Archive for the month “August, 2012”

Creating Healthy Habits

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~Aristotle

As I enter into my fifth week of my healthier lifestyle, I am recognizing that the key to success is found in the little habits that you create and implement.  These “small changes” can be the   difference between success and struggle.  Oftentimes we think that weight loss, increased endurance and better overall health only come when we do something major (like running a marathon, or eating only fruits and vegetables.)  While those things are excellent and to be commended, it is more important, in my opinion, to make small sustainable changes over a period of time that help you stay on track and stay committed to a better you.

I have recently begun laying out my clothes for the next day (including my gym clothes) at night before I go to bed.  This little habit ensures that I am not waking up and spending unnecessary time trying to figure out what to wear and if it’s clean or not.  I have more time to sit down and eat my breakfast, have prayer and quiet time with God and still get to work on time.  This one “tweak” has changed my mornings considerably! And I never have an excuse to not go to the gym because my clothes are all ready to go! (darn..lol).

Another habit I have adopted is that I have switched from diet soda to sparkling water.  The best part of soda to me is the carbonation (weird, I know)  and when I found out that I could get the same “carbonation effect” without all of the chemicals and still get a water serving in I was sold!  Not only is it easier for me to hit my water goals, but my skin has cleared up. Double win!

I think we all can find a couple of small things in our life that we could slightly tweak or change that would help us become a better version of ourselves.  My goal this week is to add one more small habit (and keep up with the ones I’ve been doing) to help me reach my weight loss goals.

Here are few small changes you could consider implementing this week;

–          As soon as you get home, before you do anything else, put on your tennis shoes and go for a 20 minute walk (or longer if you feel so inclined).  Not only is walking a great way to clear your head and relieve stress, but you will sleep better at night…it’s true!

–          Take the stairs at work.  And if you really want a challenge, instead of looking for the closest parking spot to your building, look for the one that is furthest away! Every little step counts!

–          Drink a glass of water before every meal.  Not only does the water curb your appetite, but water is just good for your body!

–          Say one positive thing about yourself daily.  Get in the habit of being nice to you!

There are many many more changes you can make to help you reach your goals, but I figured I would get you started with a few of my favorites.  If you want a list of even more changes you can make, I found a link with a few more for you to consider http://www.ivillage.com/52-little-changes-big-weight-loss-results/4-b-394731

What small changes are you willing to make to better your life?  Feel free to comment below and share! I’d love to have some new ideas to try in coming weeks.

**Weigh In Update** I lost 2.6 pounds this week for a total of 12 pounds down! ((happy dance))

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