Be Happy, Healthy, Fit!
Getting healthy isn’t just about losing excess body fat or eating healthy food. It’s about changing the way you think – removing bad habits, encouraging good ones, and choosing positive thoughts to replace the negative thoughts.
That sounds easier said than done, though… right?
Sure, it’s going to be challenging at fi rst. After all, if you’re anything like me you’ve repeated some negative thought patterns for decades. It’s going to take some self-reflection, self-awareness and hard work, but I promise you’ll get there. If I can do it I KNOW you can too.
Here’s where to start:
- Love yourself. The first step is to start loving yourself. I know that may sound strange and difficult – especially if you’re not happy with the way you look and feel. So often we’re more kind, loving, forgiving and generous to our friends than we are to ourselves. Well guess what? Today is the day to start being your own best friend. You are the best friend you will ever have – and that’s a fact. Start to remind yourself and focus on – in your head or out loud – the good qualities you have and the things you love about yourself. Focus on the Good.
- Smile, even when you don’t feel like it. When we smile the brain releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of happiness. Interestingly enough, this effect works both ways: the release of dopamine when we feel happy causes us to smile, and the act of smiling causes the brain to release dopamine, which in turn makes us feel happy. It’s a win-win.
- Get away from negativity. Operate from a place of positivity and light, and refuse to allow the darkness of negativity to get in your way. Avoid pointing out your flaws and criticizing yourself, and work on doing the same for others. The less stress and negativity you have in your life, the smoother your journey to health will be.
- Commit to being Diet-Free Forever and just eat REAL FOOD. Instead of harming your body through dieting, work on changing your thoughts, ideas, and perspectives on food. Educate yourself about nutrition. Instead of thinking about calorie counting or what food groups to eliminate next, approach food as medicine. When you eat REAL FOOD (healthy, whole foods that come from the earth instead of processed, packaged, fake food), you’re giving your body the nutrition it needs to heal itself and function at optimal levels.
- Slow down. Yes, it’s important to stay committed to your goals, but stay aware of not pushing yourself too hard and too far. Your body needs rest and recuperation, and if it’s giving you signs you’ve done too much, pull back, rest, sleep. [My friend Kristine does it all and does it well, and I admire her drive and tenacity. Even moreso, I respect her ability to take time for herself and her health.]
- Do your research. Read blogs, articles and books on the health topics you’re interested in. Feed your mind with current, reliable, great info that will help you stay true to your goals and stay driven – even when the going gets tough. Some of my favorite blogs are:
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