I want to let you in on something I quickly learned when I first started working one-on-one with people who want to make their health and wellness a priority, people who are sick of feeling less than amazing, and people who are confused about who to listen to for advice.
The secret? Most of us already know what to do to improve our health!
There is a lot of information (and mis-information) when it comes to healthy lifestyle and the foods we eat. The extreme volume and variety of books in the ‘diet’ or ‘health’ section of your local bookstore confirms that. But when it comes down to it, we know the basic things we can start doing to improve our health.
In fact, when I ask my clients “What are three things you think you could be doing to improve your health?” I get similar answers each time:
- Be more active.
- Stop eating _______. Or stop drinking ________. (Or stop smoking!)
- Eat more vegetables.
We intuitively know how to make ourselves well. But when it comes to following through? That’s where we fall apart. I know! I’ve done it too. I still do it. I might be a health coach, but I’m human! Sometimes I don’t eat as well as I know I can. Or I’m not consistent with exercise. And sometimes I don’t get enough sleep.
For the next week, I’d like you to think about the obstacles that are stopping you from living your healthiest life. Think about it. Journal about it. Reflect on it. Be mindful and spend just a few minutes a day on this.
What obstacles are standing in your way? Maybe you work long hours and cooking a healthy meal seems too time-consuming. Or maybe you feel that the price of healthy food is too high. Perhaps you will discover that you aren’t sure if you really deserve to feel amazing.
Your assignment for the next week is to simply think, reflect, and journal on these obstacles. Knowing your obstacles, habits, and patterns can help you figure out how to work around them.
Learn It. Apply it.
- What did you learn from the journaling and reflection exercise?
- What gets in the way of making healthy lifestyle choices and following through?
- Are there certain triggers, events, or emotions that always seem to throw you off your game?
- Are there certain beliefs you hold that affect the choices you make? Are they true?
- What can you do with these new insights to fuel your healthy lifestyle decisions?
I’d love to hear your comments below. Tell me what is stopping you. Let’s work it out together!