So yesterday we began talking about Choosing Health and allowing yourself to dream about what optimal health would look like in your life. Today let’s talk about how you can begin creating that reality.
First, when you think about your dreams of health in your life, does it fall into any of these categories: weight, eating, motion, sleep, mind/well-being? And if you are like most of us, it probably encompasses multiple areas. Let me use my own story to demonstrate. In 2010 I was 38, obese, tired, and had a negative self-image, and rarely differentiated between healthy and unhealthy food choices. My life needed an overhaul! As I began eating healthier, my energy improved immensely and the fog that clouded my mind began lifting. I could think straight! I was losing weight and it was fun to go shopping once more! Although my wardrobe budget could not keep up with my desires (disclaimer: getting healthier MIGHT cause an increase in clothing budget!). You see, I was gaining my LIFE back and in some ways creating a life I never had before.
Again, think about what you desire when it comes to your health and let’s begin to determine the changes you’ll need to make ahead of time to begin moving you in that direction.
I am all about small incremental changes as anything beyond that paralyzes me! Today, let’s start with a basic, super easy Healthy Habit that we all need to survive – it involves water. Our bodies are made up of 60% water! Isn’t that amazing! To ensure we are flushing our bodies of toxins and getting enough hydration it is recommended that we drink between 80-100 ounces of water a day. If this is not a normal habit for you, begin by tracking your daily intake for a day or so and then add 16-32 oz per day over the next few days if that makes it easier.
And my last suggestion for the day is something that really impacted me when I began my journey. I took about 20 minutes of quiet, reflective time with a blank journal (use your iPad, computer, or whatever other means works for you) and headline one page “Things I’ve Missed Out on Due to my Weight,” then on a following page entitle it “Things I’ll Do When I Get Healthy.” This was an eye-opening exercise for me and I hope you find it useful as well. Or if this doesn’t work for you, journal or jot down your thoughts in a way that helps you create a visual for the healthy life you desire.