Feeling overwhelmed? Make it simple

February is National Heart Month and 2014 marks it’s 50th anniversary. We wear red to display our support to help improve the strength and focus of improving our heart health. But these concepts shouldn’t be limited to one month a year, right?! Every day of every month should have us engaged in the importance of heart health.
Whether you’re a “health nut” or a “health what?!” there is always room to learn and do more. What amazes me the most about teaching others about health and fitness is how much misinformation or conflicting information is floating around:

Should I eat gluten?
Give up sugar?
Are carbs the enemy?
Is dairy bad for me?

As a subscriber to a number of emails from a variety of sources – popular magazines, trusted news sources as well as research organizations; on any given day I will receive almost half a dozen emails that leave me in a whirlwind of facts, most of which oppose the other. If these so-called “authorities” or disseminators of their words can’t make up their minds, what is the public supposed to do?!

Well, I have a solution! Get a pen and paper & prepare to have your mind blown…

1. Write the date on the top of the paper.
2. Make columns.
3. Now list at the top of those columns life categories – work, housework, kids, workouts, food & any other individual responsibilities.
4. Now the fun part – first, list the areas you feel are your biggest strengths in each of those categories (for example: work – flexible hours. Kids – good napper or in school part of the day. Food – like vegetables.)
5. And now it’s time to list the areas where improvement is needed in all those categories (workouts – few, none, inconsistent. Housework – time consuming. Food – don’t eat enough vegetables).
6. Now congratulate yourself on all your strengths!
7. From the category where you need to improve – Pick 1, just 1, of those behaviors to revamp.
8. Now get another piece of paper and write down that one behavior on top and the date.
9. What are you going to do to make it stronger?! Make it small and easily achievable. (For example: if you don’t eat enough vegetables, decide to eat 1 more serving of vegetables every day. Just 1. And when you go to the store to buy food, buy enough for the week. Or when you order lunch, include a side of vegetables.)
10. Commit to that 1 behavior for a month and if you see improvement, choose another behavior to improve the next month. And if not, examine the reasons why it didn’t work and try again.

Ok, so maybe this didn’t “blow your mind” in that I’ve shared something new and exciting, but when has anyone, in any diet or workout plan said, “just do 1 thing.” It’s all about making a plan and sticking to it. Think about all your friends and family who have been successful In making lifestyle changes… Whether you or I agree with the method, just recognize that it worked because they created a plan and stuck to it. And if they failed it was probably because they stopped following the plan.

Remember moms: you are a role model for everything. These kids watch everything we do and if they see us continuously trying to improve ourselves in a positive way, just think what that can do for their characters.

1 change. 1 month. You can do it.

 

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