Setting health and weight loss goals is an everyday occurrence in our society. We all want to look and feel great as well as live long without all the devastating effects of those diseases that can plague the aging process. Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Cancer are all huge concerns that people spend huge amounts of money on resources to prevent or to manage these conditions. Some other people spend their money on gym memberships and exercise equipment. But where has this left our society? We are still hurting from devastating diseases and our rates of these are still increasing dramatically.
Why are these chronic illnesses still so prevalent in our society when so many people are consuming health and wellness products?
These issues could be due to the fact that change is hard! People want to be healthier than their peers and to live a life without limits, but what keeps them from being healthy? Our society is built around unhealthy eating and activity behaviors.
Most of the advertisements out there are related to fast or unhealthy food and a sedentary lifestyle.
Compare how many advertisements you see for healthy fruits and vegetables compared to candy, soda, cookies, chips, ice cream, burgers, hot dogs, and all those fast food restaurants. Even when you go to the grocery store, healthy food is way more expensive than the unhealthy food.
Compare how many advertisements you see for having fun with healthy activities such as walking, recreational sports, and other activities that you enjoy that would get you moving compared to movies, TV shows, video games, computer or phone products, and other sedentary lifestyle behaviors. What do you notice?
Our society is built on some unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. Everyone around us has a certain way of living that it is hard to be anything different. This can make changing your way of life to a life of health is very difficult. It is just not congruent to everything about our society.
What does this mean for you?
In order to be healthy, you will have to have a mindset to partake in certain lifestyle behaviors that are not congruent to your neighbor. The people around you may not understand. This can make your ability to change the way you eat and exercise way more difficult.
So how do you actually find success in adopting a healthy way of life or of losing the weight you have been trying to lose with so many different fad diets or lose-weight-quick-schemes? There are some key elements to setting yourself up for success rather than failure.
So, today I would like you to ponder what state of mind are you in and how does that have to change in order for you to be successful even in an area you have only found failure.
You can do anything you put your mind to! It’s true! Whether we are talking about health, weight loss, work, play, starting your own business, running a marathon, you can achieve anything you put your mind to! Do YOU believe that?
Are you going to have a mindset that nothing has worked for you so far, therefore nothing could possibly work for you now? Or are you open and ready to make the necessary changes in your life to reap the benefits?
The first step to creating lasting lifestyle change is to create the mindset that you can do it and your WILL do it! For your homework today, I would like you to think about the following questions. Without pondering these questions, you will not have the willpower to achieve success with your health!
- Are you ready for a lifestyle change?
- What are you ready to change in your life starting today?
- What is your passion and desire regarding your health status or weight status?
- How do you picture yourself different once you reach your goals?
- How would your life be different?
- What will it take for you to reach your goals?
- How can you achieve your goals?
If you found something here that made your contemplate your own lifestyle or if you have any comments or feedback, please leave a comment below! I LOVE to hear from you!