Finding time for habits

Does it feel overwhelming to think about adding ANOTHER activity into your life?

Getting up earlier, starting to workout, eating healthier... all of these things can take precious time and energy from your already busy life. So how we begin to make changes without burning out?

I talk a lot about non-negotiable health habits. These are the things that we just do because it's part of living well. For example, drinking water, getting enough sleep, managing stress, eating vegetables, and moving throughout the day. Maybe some of these things are easy for you and maybe there's something that you will just always have to think about.

Inevitability, through repetition and familiarity, certain things get easier.  If you start going to sleep just a little bit earlier and getting up just a little bit earlier, eventually your body will adjust to this new habit and you'll find it easier to get out of bed in the morning.

The easiest way to start a habit is by making small changes, slowly.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle

{Yes, I know.  I'm supposed to tell you that you can lose 30 lbs in 30 days or your money back. #missedthememo}

It's amazing what we can do when things are HABITS and not a constant battle.

Don't you find time for your habit of checking your Instagram 20 times a day? Or your habit of stopping at Starbucks in the morning? Or your habit of sitting in front of the TV?

What if it was a habit to take a 30 minute walk during lunch?

One of my amazing, "Last Biggest Loser Ever" group participants told me this week that she didn't do her daily walking because of some family obligations. She said she felt so lethargic and had less energy from her week of NOT walking. How great is that? Do you think she's going to make sure she walks because the habit has created such a powerful feedback loop for her? Of course she is.

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My challenge for you this week is to create or change just one habit. It won't be easy and you may have to talk yourself into it from time to time but I promise it will be so worth it.

Think about making a change that fits within your life already.  If you have a long commute, practice managing stress by thinking of the drive as a time to relax and enjoy the quiet or learn something new by listening to a podcast.

Practice a health habit within your everyday routine.

Share what works for you and maybe you can help some else!

xoxo

Julie

 

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