Wellness isn’t just a beautiful face or a strong body. It isn’t big muscles or clear skin. It is a state of well-being that is accompanied by a state of physical balance where the body functions as effectively and efficiently as possible. Your body naturally strives to remain in a constant state of balance and well-being. Through bad choices, we tend to pull our bodies out of balance even though we look healthy and physically fit. In some cases, things happen outside of our control. The demands of your job, financial restrictions, and simply a lack of motivation can cause you to become careless with your habits and behaviors. Once you begin to realize the changes that need to be made to restore your health, you need to have a guide to follow that will keep you moving forward.
Make a Commitment to Yourself
Before you start to formulate your weight loss plan and take the first steps on your journey, you need to make a commitment to yourself. Not even the best-laid plans will work if your heart isn’t in them. You must make the conscious choice that this is what you want to do and that you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. Striving for good health and wellness will have its challenges and temptations. You have to decide how badly you want it and how hard you are willing to work for it.
Create Goals With Achievable Milestones
Create goals with achievable milestones. This can be walking 10,000 steps every day or counting how many days you can go without drinking coffee, soda, or alcohol. In terms of weight loss, set realistic goals. Nothing is more discouraging than setting a goal and not reaching it. Evaluate your needs and set your goals accordingly. Keep track of your goals and monitor your progress on a weekly basis. Don’t weigh yourself every day. Weight fluctuates on a daily basis and will make you crazy if you try to gauge short-term changes. Instead, do a weekly review of your goals. This gives you some worry-free time between evaluations where you don’t have to stress so much. Stick to your goals and continue to take each step one day at a time.
Create a Diet that Fits Your Body and Your Goals
Learn as much about your body as you can. Some people thrive on a high-protein, low-carb diet, while others need just the opposite. Understand your body’s nutritional needs and plan your meals accordingly. If you need to cut back on calories to achieve your weight loss goals, choose a supplement that will support your dietary needs. Once you have your nutritional needs in place, determine how you should eat. Do you need three larger meals every day with multiple snacks? Or is it better for you to have six smaller meals throughout the day with only one or two snacks? Your lifestyle and overall goals, as well as your physical needs, will determine what type of meal schedule will work best for you.
“…a state of complete physical, mental,
and social well-being, and not merely
the absence of disease or infirmity.”
– The World Health Organization
Eliminate the Bad, bring in the Good
Eliminating the bad involves removing more than just unhealthy foods. This means you need to eliminate negative thoughts, behaviors, and people as well. Embrace the power of positivity. Take a close look at your thoughts and behaviors. Change your “I cant’s” to “I cans”. Don’t look at things you want to do and have doubts. Accept the challenge! Step up and do what you need to do to make it happen. When it comes to the people you have in your life, don’t let another person’s negativity bring you down. If someone doesn’t have faith in you, find others who will. Create a positive support system and bring those people into your inner circle.
Increase Your Activity Levels
Many people confuse physical activity with exercise. Being active simply means to keep yourself moving. Don’t park your car close to the entrance of your destination. Park on the edge of the parking lot and walk the extra distance. When you clean your house, don’t simply go through the motions. Turn on the music and dance your house clean! When you spend time with your children, go outside. Play a game. Throw a football around. Do something fun. Go for a hike or a walk along the beach. The key is to keep moving. Don’t sit down and let life pass you by. Make a conscious choice to live every moment.
Exercise for strength and Endurance
Exercise for strength and endurance. It’s important to exercise at least three or four times a week for optimum heart and lung function. While you are improving your nutritional and dietary habits, you must also be willing to improve your exercise habits as well. Maintaining proper function is just as important to your overall health as your diet, how much sleep you get, and how mentally fit you are. You don’t have to be a powerlifter to be healthy. You do, however, have to maintain enough physical strength to allow you to live your life comfortably. Being physically fit means less chronic pain and the energy you need to move through life like a boss.
Above all, embrace yourself. Learn to love yourself for who you are. Meditate and learn to relax your mind so the stresses of the day don’t overtake your mind and cause you to doubt yourself and who you are. Learn to love the person you are becoming. Honor where you’ve been by learning the lessons life has given you. Take that knowledge and continue to work toward the best you that you can be, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Your life is an adventure! Challenge accepted!