Health Behavior

5 Easy Steps On How To Effectively Change Your Life

 5 Easy Steps On How To Effectively Change Your Life

How many times have you started a healthier lifestyle – tried dieting and exercising just to find yourself back to where you started, or worse yet, in worse condition?? 

You’ve starved yourself, exercised until you cannot move then found yourself half way through a bag of chips to make you feel better, only to loath yourself for doing it. You’ve gone to the gym religiously for two weeks and eaten nothing but salads to have only lost two pounds – or to your dismay, actually gained weight!! UGH!!!

How Hormones Affect Your Weight

How Hormones Affect Your Weight

     Hormone is a word that’s often thrown around when talking about a pregnant woman or a moody teenager. You’re probably wondering what hormones have to do with fitness. Without going back to biology class, a hormone is simply a chemical messenger in the body. If a hormone is off balance (when you have too much or too little of one) it can affect reproduction, your mood, and everything in between. According to Dr. Sara Gottfried MD,  New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure, “Being overweight often has nothing to do with calories or exercise. For a huge number of us, the problem is instead about misfiring hormones.”

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

January is all about self assessment. Taking care of yourself, seeing where you are, and what you need to do to reach your goals. 
Write the goals down and then write your solutions to get there. Don’t measure your success by how many pushups or how many miles you can run. Set your goals and work out a way to achieve them. 

How To Keep The Weight Off During Thanksgiving

How To Keep The Weight Off During Thanksgiving

Whether you’re ready or not, the holidays are officially here! With Thanksgiving being next week, I know we can all practically smell the pumpkin pies. You’re probably thinking, “How do I even enjoy Thanksgiving without ruining all my hard work?” 

We have a few tips for you! 

A Healthy World = A Healthy You

A Healthy World = A Healthy You

In honor of Earth Day last month, I want to talk about taking care of ourselves by taking care of the world we live in. This has been on my mind as I’ve been playing at the park with my daughter. Being an inquisitive toddler, she finds every bit of trash on the ground and brings it over to show me. I have been astonished by the trash laying around a children’s park! This astonishment increased when we went backpacking as a family, found a campsite in the middle of the woods, and found empty plastic water bottles, cigarette butts, and other trash hidden behind a fallen tree. If there’s any where you expect to find cleanliness, it’s while you’re camping, far away from humanity.

Are You Ready for Real Change?

Are You Ready for Real Change?

Yes!! I’m ready for real change. (Body straightens up, shoulders back and down, chin up).  Let’s do this…tomorrow. (Body slumps down).

Why is it so difficult to make sustainable change?

Did you know our bodies are hard wired to resist change? It takes energy to break out of the patterns that have become so easy, our habits if you will. Habits are life on auto pilot.

Do you remember when you first learned how to drive a car? How many things did you have to think about? Checking speed, checking mirrors, shifting (well, some of us learned on a manual), feet on the pedals, which one brakes, which moves us forward…it’s a lot to think about. After you’ve been driving for a few years, how much time does it take to think about it? Not much because you instinctively now know what to do. The bottom part of your brain has taken over and it’s habitual now.

So, forming habits is all about learning. Not learning like knowing the right thing to do. Most of us know the right things to do. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, eat lean meats and whole grains. Easy, right? Well, if it were easy we’d all be doing it. What has made it so tough?

Advertising for one – they make foods that are bad for you look so tempting. Sugar for another – it’s more addictive than cocaine and it’s hidden in so much of our food. Processed foods – they are so quick and convenient. There are many culprits out there that have misguided our habits and way of eating.

So, what’s a girl (or guy for that matter) to do??

  1. Let’s start by believing. You can achieve what you believe. If you don’t believe you can do it, it will never happen. Surround yourself with others who believe in you. The more they positively influence you, the more you’ll believe in yourself. Stop the negative self-talk and be as kind to yourself as you would be to your best friend.
     
  2. Next, we focus on small changes. Many of us have heard it takes 21 days to create a habit. Well, maybe. Some habits take 21 days, some will take less time and some will take more time. The bigger the change, the longer it will take to make it part of your everyday life. Start with something small and build on that, like the snowball effect. If you need more water, start by drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning. Do it every day until it becomes a habit. Need more vegetables, start with one a day, build from there.
     
  3. Reward yourself for the successes, however small they may seem. Even just an “atta girl!” is a boost in your confidence. The larger the achievement the larger the reward.

Understand there will be set-backs. It’s part of life. Don’t sweat it! Accept that it will happen, but plan for it, so when it does, you don’t fall back into the same bad behaviors. Get up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward.

Books have been written on this, so I could go on for a very long time. But if you will start here you’ll be off to a good start. If you need help, contact us at HomeFit. We can help you get on a path to a happier healthier you!