- Start slow! Sometimes we get so excited to lose weight or train for something that we forget our mind and bodies need time to adapt. To get the most lasting results, adopt new habits one a time and give yourself some grace on the learning curve. If trying out a new fitness routine, start with 1-2 workouts a week or if incorporating healthier eating habits, try making 1 small change every couple of weeks.
- Don’t let perfect become the enemy of better. Most of the time successful long term weight management is found by those who take the “better” approach. Perfection is a lofty and unrealistic goal, so set your sights on doing better. That may mean skipping the drive thru at lunch, but then keeping your favorite treat after dinner.
- Just move! Find a way to build movement into your day. Walking the dog, taking the stairs, an evening stroll after dinner, parking farther away, etc. are all small but effective ways to build more movement into your day. Step trackers can also be a fun and effective motivator for movement.
- Eat the Rainbow. Aim to make your plate reflect mothers nature’s colors. The nutrients that are found in colorful plant foods help protect us from disease and keep us energized and healthy.
- Break bread together. Meals are best when shared with family, friends and community around a table. These shared meals create a ritual of nourishing the mind, body and soul all at once. Food is meant to be enjoyed and appreciated together.
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.