Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Motivate: Mid-Week Mantra:Start Small

Often we hear about the struggles of beginning a healthy lifestyle. Our "instant gratification" society has us trained to believe we should get what we want RIGHT NOW. In the backs of our minds, we know it isn't logical. We know it takes work, dedication, self-discipline, but if there is a way to get it faster... This leads us to make these drastic, all-or-nothing changes. "I'm cutting out everything bad and working out six days a week!" But we know through research, and probably our own experiences, this doesn't usually work. Soon enough, you have that binge session that makes you feel like a failure. But hear me when I say this: 

You are not a failure.

Instead, make one small change. If you drink two-to-three sodas a day, try switching to one.  If you don't work out at all, try walking one day a week.  Making one, manageable, realistic change to which you can commit is the key. Eventually it becomes habit. Then you can modify it, or pick a new thing. Little successes lead to big successes. You have the power and potential to change.

Start Small.  But Start.

Inspire. Motivate. Move.

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