Small Steps Big Results
"While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary."
Overhauling your life and creating a healthy lifestyle requires time, dedication, and some motivation. But it's all in how we approach those changes that will determine your success.
Most of us probably don't give much thought to accomplishing things by taking baby steps. People tend to think on a more grand scale when they set a goal. We are all pumped up and eager to get started. We attempt to accomplish too much all at once. And like those New Years' Eve resolutions, our goals and plans are quickly tossed aside and forgotten.
But what if we did use baby steps to achieve our goals? What if we didn't start with that 'all or nothing' mindset? Why not try some simple, easy ways to achieve your goals and have a better life. Always remember, small goals are usually easier to achieve.
Small steps quickly add up to significant accomplishments. And the feeling of reaching your goals can very well lead to motivation to achieve even more.
Steps To A Healthier Lifestyle-
You will be amazed at the results you can achieve by adding a daily walk into your daily routine. Start slow and gradually add more steps each day. Your heart will thank you.
Do a few push-ups each day. Next week start doing a few more.
Add some light-weight workouts to your exercise routine.
Get some added exercise into your day by parking further away, and take the stairs instead of the elevator. Every little bit helps.
Start your morning by drinking a glass of water. Work on getting your daily water in by keeping a water bottle handy.
Start limiting the number of sugary drinks. Save that Coke or Pepsi for a special treat.
Don't skip breakfast. Start each morning eating a healthy breakfast. Oatmeal, fruit, and yogurt are good choices to get you started.
Start checking out food labels. Learn to be aware of sugar, sodium, and saturated fat in your eating foods. And limit those foods high in fat, sugar, and sodium.
Start replacing your junk food with fruits and vegetables. Small changes here and then can make a huge difference. Ease into the changes.
Eat a handful of almonds or walnuts instead of chips
when you want something crunchy. And you get the added benefit of fiber.
Stop bringing chips and cookies into your home.
Make it a habit to stop eating when you feel full. You don't have to eat everything on your plate or take that second helping.
Swap your red meat for chicken or fish a couple of times a week. Your heart will thank you.
Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time.
Take time just for you. It would help if you had time for yourself to unwind and de-stress. Do something you enjoy. Something that will help you relax.
Keep a positive attitude. As you progress on your journey to healthier living, I think you will find a tremendous shift in your mindset—a greater feeling of positivity—a general feeling of well-being.
Just keep in mind that baby steps will get you where you want to go. It's your journey to travel the way that is best for you. All you have to do is make up your mind to get started.
"You need to be healthy. You don't need to be thin. You don't need to be a certain size or shape or look good in a bikini. You need to be able to run without feeling like you're going to puke. You need to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded. You need to drink half your body weight in ounces of water every single day. You need to stretch and get good sleep and stop medicating every ache and pain. You need to stop filling your body with garbage like Diet Coke and fast food and lattes that are a million and a half calories. You need to take in fuel for your body that hasn't been processed and fuel for your mind that is positive and encouraging. You need to get up off the sofa or out of the bed and move around. Get out of the fog that you have been living in and see your life for what it is."
– Rachel Hollis –
Health is much more dependent on our habits and nutrition than on medicine.
– John Lubbock –
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Keep track of your progress-
"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The Secret of your success is found in your daily routine."