3 Tips for Overcoming What’s Holding You Back from Living a Healthy Lifestyle
By: Isabelle Attai, Thrive Team member and Certified Personal Trainer
If you’re interested in looking and feeling better, living a healthy lifestyle is paramount. But are you willing to do what it takes do create a healthy lifestyle? And even if you’re willing, do you know how?
Making positive health changes is not always easy, but it’s possible with the right mindset and a few proven strategies. I’m not here to preach a “magical pill” to help you get where you want to go (that will never exist, despite misleading marketing), but rather empower you to follow through on your intentions and achieve the results you desire. Here’s the truth about pursuing long term results:
- Prioritize Your Goals: Our excuses often reflect nothing more than our lack of priorities. If health is truly important enough, then find a way – invest in yourself, and reap the rewards. Common excuses for why people sacrifice a healthy lifestyle include affirmations of being too busy or tired to exercise this week, unable to choose healthy foods consistently because there’s too much going on, or unable to find time because of a busy schedule. We become our own worst enemy when we allow misguided views of the world around us to get in the way of achieving our goals.
- Take responsibility: When we accept responsibility for our actions and thoughts, then we can change our life and alter our negative perceptions of it. The next time you choose to skip a workout, drink too much alcohol, eat more than you know you should, or make any other self-destructive choice, try to own the mistake — and then resolve to do better next time. Feel the power that taking ownership generates by using “I chose” statements (without inserting the word because). For example, instead of saying things like “I couldn’t exercise today” or “I had to finish some things up at work,” instead use truthful, accountable personal responsibility statements such as “I chose to eat cake,” “I chose to work all day,” “I chose to stay in a bad relationship,” “I chose to watch TV all night,” etc.
- Let go of the past: In a recent speech, former US Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice spoke about how she overcame childhood challenges and stated, “It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it only matters where you are going.” Perceived obstacles and barriers stem from past experiences, fears, doubts, and what we believe to be true about ourselves. By focusing on where you are going, your dreams, and what you plan to accomplish, you have the ability to rewrite your internal script about who you want to become and how you want to live rather than living by a set of rules that no longer apply.
As a Certified Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach with an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Isabelle Attai coaches clients on how to improve their lifestyles through proper fitness, nutrition, and optimal supplementation. She also loves assisting her clients in creating the mindset needed to achieve their goals. Visit her blog for more information.