Healthy Living: One Change at a Time

I saw this great article at zenhabits.com called Get Started: From Overweight to Healthy and wanted to share.

Make one change today.

If youโ€™re overweight and unmotivated to change your life drastically, just make a tiny change.

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But how do you start getting healthier and fitter? How do you change a whole slew of habits, from eating too much to eating fried and sweet and fatty foods to drinking sodas and sweet coffee drinks to being sedentary?

You make one change. A tiny little one.

I love this. One tiny change is all it takes to get the ball rolling. After the first tiny change becomes a habit, start on the next tiny change. After awhile, all the tiny changes add up.

My first tiny change is to walk a little bit every day.

Every single day. Even for just five minutes. I started it four days ago. I’ve found that once I make time for five minutes, I actually have time for fifteen minutes. Yesterday I took my son for a walk and we were gone for over an hour. It’s already adding up.

 

Comments

  1. Great point! Major changes happen one tiny change at a time. I think deciding to walk every day is a great step in the right direction. And you’re right, so often that would turn into a longer walk.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Laura Jane!

      Another thing I liked about the article at zenhabits was that it included a few words on how to get started with that one tiny change. If your tiny change is to eat more vegetables, then start with actually making a list of your favorite veggies.

      If you wait until the next time you’re at the grocery store, you might forget about that little promise to yourself. But if you make the list right away when you’re motivated and then put it in your purse, you’re setting yourself up to succeed.

  2. Years ago at Emphasys, that’s how I lost 20 pounds…started with no mayo.

    • Hey Valerie, that’s a really great “tiny change.” I love the concept because tiny changes are so easy to implement, and they have a way of gaining momentum.

  3. This is a very good point. If a person is not making little changes, then they are not making meaningful changes that will work in the long run. And long-term change is all that really matters.

    Some little changes: From mayo to yellow mustard. From Diet Pepsi to orange flavored green tea. From chip dip to hummus. From cold cereal to oatmeal. More veggies and fruits and less little cookies (that look like they barely have calories) for snacks.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Marion

  4. Hi Jessica! I’m stopping by to say “Hi :-)” to you! I hope you’re doing okay. Probably just very busy.

    Totally agree about the little steps. I’ve been backsliding and need to re-introduce certain tiny changes.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Marion

    • Aw, shucks. What can I say? I got pregnant and had a baby, who is more than a year old now! Some people manage to keep blogging through all that, but I guess I’m not among them. I’ve been keeping up with your blog, though, via RSS. ๐Ÿ™‚

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