by MomPower Contributor Jennifer Proctor
One Step at a Time
When was the last time you decided to get healthier, lose weight, eat better, etc…? How many changes did you try to make in one day or a week? How long did those resolutions, changes, promises to yourself last? I know I have had those New Year’s Resolutions gone bad leading to feelings of guilt and failure.
Two years ago I decided to approach getting healthy differently. I knew the process was going to have to be a lifestyle change and not a rush decision to “go on a diet” or lose 2 pounds a week or change my eating habits drastically, all of which cannot realistically be maintained for long periods of time. I was overweight, out of shape, stressed out, always tired and starting to have some health challenges. So, first I got moving. I started with walking my kids the half mile to school instead of driving. Next, I joined a local gym to add more cardio and yoga classes and slowly changed my diet along the way. I started to feel better, which has led to sustained weight loss and a leaner, stronger, healthier body, mind, and spirit.
It’s not about changing everything at once. Each day try to make one healthier choice than you did the day before. Start out small. For example, eat a half of bag of cookies instead of the whole bag! Be proud of each healthy decision you make. It should be about taking one step at a time and each step you take can create a new path towards healthier, longer, stronger days.