How Do I Get Healthy?
Aka: How to make a Mountain look like a Series of Molehills
This is probably the most frustrating and terrifying question that people ask themselves every new year. We swear to become better versions of ourselves, and hit the gym hard while gnawing on celery sticks usually at the first of the year. It all sounds well and good on paper and in concept. After all, it is important to try and improve your quality of life. However, this sort of behavior can lead to less of a healthy lifestyle that focuses on the long-term goals and more towards just a short burst of quick healthy actions before going back to eating junk food on a regular basis.
So, what can you do to improve your quality of life long term, without having to kill yourself in the process? Luckily, I have a few tips that can point you in the right direction and make the concept of being healthier appear less daunting.
Make Small Good Decisions
I don’t know about you, dear reader, but when it comes to making any sort of major goal, looking at the entire thing as a whole is outright terrifying. The bigger a goal looks, the more likely I personally freeze and pretend that I have other important things to do. So, instead of looking at it like a giant nebulous untouchable concept I instead look at it as just a small series of steps. As the old adage goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. You can’t immediately lose 10-50 lbs overnight. So just make a few small good decisions every day instead to build toward it.
So instead of eating cereal in the morning, I eat an apple. Yay for me, I did a healthy thing! Instead of parking close to the doors I park farther away and get a few extra steps in while shopping! Yay for me, I did another healthy thing! I choose stevia as a sweetener for coffee instead of granulated sugar. Huzzah! I did a good thing! How do I reward myself? Read a book or get a new top that suddenly fits.
If you keep this pattern of thinking and behaving you will slowly develop healthy habits. Instead of a short burst of healthy actions out of feeling guilty, you get a long-term set of healthy habits through positive reinforcement.