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August 12, 2013

4 Tips for Transitioning into a Healthy Lifestyle from Loveblogger Kate

A huge thanks for the AWESOME guest blogpost from our LOVEBlogger Kate! Check out Kate’s blogsimplynutritiousbykate.com!

4 Tips for Transitioning into a Healthy Lifestyle

Diets don’t work. They’re not enjoyable, not sustainable, and don’t create a foundation for permanent change. When it comes to getting a little healthier I am an advocate of a long-term lifestyle approach. Instead of overhauling your life all at once it is important to focus on taking small steps towards your goals each and every day. This method creates a feeling of self accomplishment while still enjoying the little things in life. Here are my four tips that help to make the transition simple, yet effective!

1. Create a Why
 – The number one reason most people fall off the healthy lifestyle train is because they don’t actually want it. They might think they do, however reasons are often shallow or impulsive, leading to excuses & lack of follow through. By digging deep inside and creating a concrete why you establish a sense of connection to your lifestyle and commitment to stick with it no matter what.

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

2. Take it Slow
 – The best way to create a long-term sustainable lifestyle you enjoy is by taking small steps each and every day towards health. Instead of overhauling your diet, cutting out everything you love, and working out 7 days a week focus on each individual day. For example, wake up and start your day off with something positive for your health such as meditation or lemon water. Make a conscious effort throughout the day to move your body, add greens to each meal, and take time for yourself. You’ll find the small steps really do add up and help you reach your goals without feeling overwhelmed. The best part is once you start on a healthy lifestyle you’ll find yourself wanting to go to the gym, craving greens, and becoming happier without even trying!


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3. Get Organized– Planning out meals, prepping ahead, scheduling workouts, and making to do lists are all key in fitting a healthy lifestyle into your already busy life. If you write something down you’re twice as likely to stick to it. By penciling in workouts and having dinner already planned out for when you get home from work healthy choices become simple and eventually habit.
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4. Breathe– You didn’t become unhealthy overnight so don’t expect to be perfect right off the bat. Take a step back and enjoy the ride. Once you acknowledge and focus on the progress you’re making along the way you’ll find yourself reaching goals without killing yourself. Gratitude creates a sense of happiness and allows you to feel how you want to feel. Embrace every step and if you make a mistake or have an off day don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead, focus on getting back on track to treating your body well.

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