Why on earth would you want to be healthier in the first place?
Isn’t this just some popular thing that is getting way too much attention lately?
If you really need an answer to this question, you can jump to Mark’s place to see Top 10 reasons why.
It really doesn’t matter if you’re a completely healthy person or somebody with many health problems already. The trick is the same for everyone.
Everyone can accomplish a goal, as long as the goal is realistic and as long you’re willing to work for it. If you want your change to last, you better see yourself in this, or you might struggle more than you’d need to. Talking from my own experience, which is backed by science btw.
So, what’s the trick? You need a goal (you can also split it into smaller goals, the smaller the goal, the easier to achieve). Then you need a plan and you need to stick to it.
If you want to quit smoking, but you really like the taste of the smoke in your mouth and the feeling you get… if you also don’t see yourself as a healthy person and don’t have the wish to live much longer, you probably won’t be able to just stop smoking today and stick to this for a while.
On the other side, if you never liked the taste of smoke or the feeling you get and you may even have asthma, … your quitting could be almost effortlessly. You’d get the physical symptoms, because of your nicotine addiction, but you’ll manage it because quitting feels more rewarding than smoking much longer.
I gave you two extreme examples, but I think you got the point. Btw, the second one is actually my own experience and I was probably the stupidest smoker that ever existed.
I already wrote about dieting and How to lose weight super fast – you can implement this into other sections of life too. It really doesn’t take much more than some common sense, but it’s not easy though. It depends on your habits really and the good news is – you can change them.
Of course, there is also nothing wrong with you staying just the way you are. If you’re healthy (or not), but living a very unhealthy lifestyle, you can consider yourself as lucky. You can still continue playing your Russian roulette and maybe even win. But it’s still a Russian roulette.
Of course, you won’t be the healthiest person in the world today, while you can definitely start right now
By doing a baby step. Maybe going for a short walk if you don’t move at all or just adding more salad to your plate. You can lower your sugar intake tomorrow, but you’d need to do it at some point. And please don’t stop eating sugar completely (if you’re not diabetic or have other medical reasons you’d need to stop completely).
If you’re a human, like me, you might feel so deprived that you can end up eating even more when cutting too much.
There will be some discomfort, but it’s up to you and your wishes how difficult will it be. If you really wish to be healthier, your struggle won’t be as hard as if you don’t prioritize your health. In this case, you better just stay where you are and prepare for the consequences of your actions. Or better no action.
How fast can you see or feel the change?
This really depends on your goals. You can feel better right away by knowing you’re doing something good for yourself, while you’d need to wait sometime to see/feel some other changes. It depends on the damage you’ve already done to your body too.
Don’t forget to track all the little benefits you’ll be seeing or feeling and reward yourself often (just please don’t let your rewards be in the terms of food, especially if you need to lose weight or if you had any eating disorders in the past).
Last but not least – you don’t need a six-pack or a model look to be healthy.
You got this, I believe in you! 😎
Do you have any advice of your own?
What helps you to stick to your healthier goals and not going back to your bad habits?