Staying healthy isn’t about dieting. It’s about changing your thoughts and actions for the better and becoming your own role model as you learn more and more about what’s best for your unique body and mind.
But how do you develop the power to transform your own body and mind?
It begins with the 5 pillars for living a healthier lifestyle. In this post, I’m going to share them all with you and give you the foundation you need to begin and stick to your healthy lifestyle journey and embrace every stride along the way.
The first pillar is MINDSET
Your transition into a healthier lifestyle will be a bumpy ride. Expect that. Be prepared for what’s to come and just go with it. Prove to yourself that you can overcome these obstacles. You may not realize that yet, but I’m here to assure you. You CAN do this.
You probably have some or even most of the following concerns
– Fear of commitment
– Fear of missing out on good food
– No motivation
– Lack of patience
– No time to cook meals or go grocery shopping
– Busy work schedules
– Social Events with friends and family
– Feelings of laziness
– Lack of Consistency
You may even feel guilty about these obstacles because you know you can do better but you can’t seem to keep these issues from knocking you off track. It’s okay. This is all part of the process. Lean into it.
Now keep going.
Pillar #2 is BELIEF
Believe in yourself. You are the only one that has control over your life; no one else. Be the hero of your own story.
In order to believe in yourself, you absolutely must develop and maintain a growth mindset.
Someone with a growth mindset believes her abilities and qualities can be cultivated and knows they’ll grow and develop with time and experience. On the other hand, someone with a fixed mindset believes her abilities and qualities are stagnant and will never change no matter what.
Dig into books, videos and podcasts about “growth mindset,” and you’ll be shocked by who you can become. It’s never too late. Start today.
If you’re not ready to believe in yourself yet, lean on my belief in you. I KNOW you can do this because I have seen so many others with similar issues completely transform.
You can too. I believe in you.
The third pillar is MINDFULNESS
Become aware of the thoughts around your behavior. Track how you’re feeling and what’s happening in your day each time you reach for food or beverages. If you discover that you’re eating because you’re bored, anxious, sad, or stressed, you can make the decision to choose a different and healthier reaction to that trigger the next time it pops up.
Rather than punishing yourself for “cheating” or falling off track, begin to view these as learning experiences and opportunities to set new parts of your plan into place. Piece by piece, you’ll become the powerful, focused, strong, and beautiful person you know you can be.
There’s incredible power in becoming tuned into your mind, and you can harness that power.
Pillar #4 is SACRIFICE
Will you sacrifice some comfort in order to reach your full potential and create a life that makes you excited to get out of bed every morning? Prove to yourself that YOU hold the power and YOU are in control.
So many health coaches and influencers try to sell the idea that transformation is possible with little to no effort, but it’s just not true.
Transformation takes work and requires sacrifice, especially in the beginning.
You have to decide that your best self is worth these sacrifices.
It won’t be easy at first, but believe me, once you continually practice your willpower, you’ll find it much easier to resist temptations, curb cravings, and make healthier choices. You’ll feel so empowered by the transformation you’ve created that you’ll eventually see these sacrifices as gifts that help you transform into everything you’re finally ready to become.
Finally, the 5th pillar is HABITS
People try to erase their bad habits and then get frustrated that they can’t. That’s because the only way to eliminate a bad habit is by replacing it with a better one. The key to building better habits is to understand what triggers a habitual action and then to consciously replace your response with a better habit.
Maybe while tracking your days, you find that everyday you’re walking into the office break room to grab a cookie. Great. Recognize that. Write it down. Then rather than trying to stop doing that, replace it with a new habit. Are you finding that you’re actually physically hungry at that time each day? Great! Plan ahead and have a healthier snack waiting for you. Are you finding that it’s just an emotional or automatic trigger, rather than a physical hunger? Great! What can you do instead? Perhaps take a break to read an article on your favorite news site. Or a walk across the office for a quick hello to a coworker friend.
Savor the journey, and celebrate every win along the way, no matter how small.
Also, focus on one habit at a time. If you want to change your lifestyle and habits, try not to do everything at once. If you do, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Successful big changes come in repeated small steps.
These 5 pillars are the foundation to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you’d like to learn more about the 5 pillars, check out my book Fill Your Mind Before You Fill Your Plate. I share my personal and professional experience on how I’ve developed the 5 pillars which I’ve used to transform my own life to also inspire you to transform your own life using the same method.