Anyone can google meal plans or pin a good workout, anyone can follow inspiring people, or make goals to be healthier or eat cleaner. So what’s the difference between the people who are able to stick to their goals and the people whose goals quickly fade into shame, regret, or who the heck cares?
As a wellness coach this topic of who succeeds and who doesn’t has been completely intriguing to me. I’ve seen in my own life, the lives of those around me, and with my clients common trends of success and common tendencies of failure.
It’s all about habits, addictions, and lifestyle. Having the tools to succeed is important, but in 2015 finding the tools is the easy part. Almost too easy. You don’t have to work for the tools they are sitting on your instagram feed every morning. They are popping up on pinterest every time you log in. What’s the difference in making a plan and actually attaining your goals? Changing your HABITS.
According to dictionary.com, The definition of habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. Involuntary. That word is huge in this definition. After years of fad diets and unhealthy eating habits I started making slow changes. I started adding new healthy habits and consciously fighting to stop unhealthy habits that I had developed. I remember sitting in my college sorority house with a note card. I would write one goal for the week on the note card. All week I would focus on making that goal a habit in my life. Sounds really type A huh? I’m not type A at all…I just knew for me to change my weight, my health, and my habits that I had to start small. Everyone is different with what works for them. In our culture of fad diets and quick weight loss I think it’s helpful for everyone to slow down and think about the involuntary actions that effect your health. What do you order when there isn’t time to make dinner, how much water do you drink, how many times do you refill your coffee cup, what do you snack on at your desk, how much of your kids food do you eat, what do you do when you feel stressed? All of these actions effect our health in some way.
PICK ONE thing to change or try this week. For some maybe that’s walk for 10 mins everyday over your lunch break or for another maybe it’s drink only two cups of coffee. This week for me and my family we are adding Apple Cider Vinegar drinks to our daily routine.
HERE is our RECIPE:
mix 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
1 cup of fresh (no sugar added!) grapefruit juice
and drink it quick!
I’ll write a post soon on all the benefits of Apple Cider Vinager. In the mean time here is a great read from Health News on some of the benefits! Make one small change towards real health this week.