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Fitness and Choices

You have the perfect plan in place and the house is full of healthy foods. You are READY to rock this new fitness and weight loss. You get after it. Week one is hard, but you do it. Week two? The kids have practice every day this week. There are two basketball games....

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too busy to be healthyToo busy? Too tired? Most of us know changing to a healthy lifestyle isn’t the easiest thing to do, and the sad truth is that many of us simply feel just too busy to implement any healthy changes. It’s not necessarily that you don’t want to have a better, healthier lifestyle – it’s simply that you don’t feel you have the time to make the required changes in order to turn your lifestyle around (because, yes, it does take time and mental energy to make positive changes!)

But you CAN turn things around if you change your mindset and the way you’re going about things. Here’s how…

Make small changes

You don’t have to completely revamp your lifestyle overnight. In fact, with your current work schedule and other things going on, you may never be able to become a marathon runner or crossfit champion. Training like that requires a lot of time. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to become one of those people who goes to the gym at 5am every morning. Start with simple changes, such as eating a healthier breakfast (or breakfast at all) or taking the stairs up to the office. Smaller really is better than nothing, honestly!

Find a buddy

Rather than trying to make a change on your own, find somebody to do it with you. This could be your partner, your best friend, a neighbor or the entire family. When you are all making lifestyle changes together, it’s not only easier to stick to it, but also to get the support that you need during tough times.

Remember it’s not just about physical health

Living a healthier lifestyle isn’t just all about losing weight, exercising more and eating better foods. It’s also about your mental health, so you can think about ways in which to improve this too. Spend an hour just once a week after work to meditate, have a drink with some friends or even attend talking therapy sessions if you feel you have things to offload throughout the week. Still feel too busy? Well this is exactly why you need this time out. Everyone can prioritize 10 minutes a day for some quiet time, and you really must if you’re feeling frazzled. The rest will follow.

If you don’t succeed, try again!

Starting a new diet on Monday might seem like a great idea, but if you’re feeling like giving up by the time you get to Wednesday, don’t worry about it. Allow yourself time to ease into a healthier lifestyle, and be patient with yourself too. And, if you fall off the wagon, just put it behind you, get back up and start again. A healthy lifestyle is something that you should be able to keep for the rest of your life – it’s not a short term fix.

If you are in need of extra motivation and a group of FireWives dedicated to getting healthier, join the 50 day Healthier Holiday challenge. It starts on 11/19/17 and goes through 1/7/18. We’re going to kick excuses to the curb and get healthy.

Live with no regrets,

val selby

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