Creating a New Healthier You

By on June 2, 2017
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by Tami Mungenast CPT CNWC

Responsibilities, time shortage, stress, and complacency can often lead us to living a life that is not as healthy as the one we once lived, or hoped to live. Regardless how long you have been in this place it doesn’t mean it’s your life sentence.  Acknowledging that you are not where you want to be with your health and fitness, and then recognizing the direction you want to go, can open the door to healthy changes. Once you have identified this, the real work can happen to implement long lasting lifestyle changes.

To create your healthier identity focus on these 3 simple yet effective steps:

•Reject habitual actions that are counterproductive to your wellness. Reject unhealthy food choices you have grown to crutch on, the complacency of meal preparation, the sedentary lifestyle, and the negative self-talk. Reject these actions and begin a new life.

•Put on your new habits every morning like your clothing. This is your new identity. Wear it everyday. Wear this new way of looking at food, new way of shopping in the grocery store, new way of ordering when eating out, new way of cooking, new way to look at exercise, and a new way to live actively.

•Maintain the course. Change is often easy to start but difficult to maintain. When stress hits, life knocks you down. It’s easy to revert back to the old you. Surround yourself with layers of motivation to stay the course including people that support you and are role models for wellness and healthy living. Read articles supporting health, subscribe to healthy living social media feeds, and fill you inner self dialogue to positive talk.

Make this new identity the identity you live by. Living healthy in the way you eat and the way you move your body will not only affect your body but also improve you mind and cognitive function and overall feeling of happiness. In today’s world of fast food and sedentary living, choose not to be conformed to the unhealthy patterns of society.