Research has shown us that those who live healthy lifestyles, even if they do not lose their excess weight, decrease their health risks and increase their longevity. These are powerful words. In the past, success had everything to do with what numbers showed up on the bathroom scale. Now we know that success has everything to do with the lifestyle changes we are making and every step makes a difference. As we progress towards achieving all of our goals we evolve into a healthy lifestyle and as we become healthy our body weight begins to reflect our new lifestyle. It is a commitment saying I am now a healthy person rather then saying I am going to lose 25 pounds. Readiness and determination is still required for you to make that commitment. But your commitment is to something so much greater than the weight loss itself, it is to a way of life, a life that still requires hard work and tenacity and a lot of support, but the rewards are greater.
John Quincy Adams said "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." Seeing your goal as becoming healthy or as lifestyle change rather than as another tedious attempt to lose weight has this magical effect.
As you sit with your life coach or other support persons setting goals, your plan will be different. Instead of a single goal to lose 25 pounds your list is going to include, kicking a few bad habits, taking on a few good habits, finding activity you enjoy, involving family in lifestyle changes, how this change in lifestyle affects your relationships, your finances, your current downtime activities. You may now find yourself doing stretching during TV time, gathering the kids for a walk after work, and taking a veggie tray to work to share with friends. You may set a goal to take a label reading class or take the kids to open swim once a week. It’s all about creating this whole new lifestyle that is active, happy, and healthy. It is about giving the gift of health to your family. It is something that is going to make you an amazing role model for your children, family and friends.
Henry Ford said it best, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”
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Once you are determined to change your lifestyle to a healthy one, You are ready to commit to setting a very specific, detailed, achievable plan that focuses on each aspect of your life. Then create, with your life coach, action steps to achieve your goals. Your commitment is just to one action step at a time. You may start with cutting the butter on your popcorn at night by half, limiting the size of the bowl you fill with popcorn, drinking 2 bottles of water a day and walking for 10 minutes twice daily. Once you feel comfortably with these steps, celebrate your success and move to the next. But move with support. Be it friends, co-workers or a coach, support is key to the success of anyone trying to make lifestyle change. Consider the new American PsychologyAssociation Survey. The results of their survey show that those people who have the most success with lifestyle change have the right support. (http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/lifestyle- behavior.aspx).
A life Coach is an excellent support person for your lifestyle change. Coaches excel in helping you to set goals, create a plan and is someone you would be accountable to. A life coach would be a good relationship for your lifestyle change Commitment. Just talking with him or her every 6 weeks or so with emails in between keeps you on track. See our current discounts. Read some of our coaching articles. FREE CONSULT
(The American Psychology Association:http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/lifestyle-
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