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4 steps to creating a lifestyle

Posted Jan 27 2013 4:18pm

The number one reason diets fail. They’re unsustainable. Bottom line is if you can’t live your life you won’t stick with it. That’s why I believe health is less about avoiding cupcakes and more about personal growth & education and genuinely enjoying that one small cupcake every once and awhile. Seem too good to be true? Probably. But my approach works because it isn’t restrictive, it is about embracing your life and enjoying every second while giving your body love and lots of amazing food.

So if you’re ready to take the next step and create a life you love here are a few of my tips for getting started.

1. Pick your path & your why - The first step in making a change and transitioning into a healthier lifestyle is to decide what you want and why. You’ll never make a permanent change if you don’t have a solid reason why you want to improve your life. So instead of setting goals such as I want to be skinny  try taking the mindset of I want to take better care of my body so I can improve my life and be a better person to others. Maybe you feel like taking better care of your health will boost your self esteem causing you to become happier, maybe it will set an example for your kids, or even improve your personal relationships. Whatever the case may be think of a why that is deep and meaningful, not some shallow reason. It will not only help you create the life you want, but it will be something that will stick with you even when you want to give up. So find a piece of paper and write down your why. Stick it somewhere where you will see it on a regular basis and take time to reflect upon it when you feel you need a little boost of motivation.

2. Find some support - No matter how strong we are we need support to not only help us reach our goals but also to give us the motivation we need to continue with our lifestyle. Whether it is a friend who is also making some changes in their life or your family who wants you to succeed, or even a health coach or trainer, having someone to keep you accountable will make it more likely for you stick to your goals and also make you feel good about the progress you’re making. Other tools such as food diaries, meditation, and my daily health coach are also great ways to keep you on track and motivated.

3. Change your attitude and start believing it - The biggest difference between people who just talk and those who succeed is simply taking the first step and doing it. So instead of saying I want to be healthy or I want to be in shape start telling yourself you are already there and then you will have to take the steps necessary to live it. If you’re already healthy you are making good choices each and every day instead of waiting for the perfect day to start.

4. Find balance and sustain it - Have you ever heard the phrase – slow and steady wins the race. Well that holds true to lifestyle changes. Instead of overhauling your life overnight make small changes that you can sustain long term. Let’s be honest, no one can seriously say I will never eat sugar again and stick to that. However, you can start incorporating more good foods, greens especially, into your life and you will naturally cut down the amount of sugar you’re eating without even trying! Also, don’t set goals such as I want to lose 20 lbs instead focus on the big picture of how you feel and think when you’re treating your body well.

So give these steps a try and start the transition into a healthy lifestyle you love. And keep in mind, it won’t happen overnight – so don’t give up. Every little bit counts and you deserve an amazing life!

cheers to health & living well,

Kate Horning, dietitian and holistic health coach of  Simply Nutritious by Kate,  inspires others to eat well and live well using her Nourished Weight Loss approach. Visit her  website , or connect on  facebook  and  twitter  to learn more and to join the Simply Nutritious lifestyle. Questions or interested in talking with a certified health coach?  Contact Kate  for a free 30 minute consultation. 

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