I don’t watch much television, but when I do, oftentimes it’s something on HGTV. One of my favorite shows is the (original) “Love It or List It”. Here’s my take on useful things you can do to help love it (yourself and your choices) or list it (things we want to improve).
How is my health? Get a physical, talk with your doctor about goals, ask to meet with a dietitian, see an exercise physiologist. Get yourself a baseline and start off on the right track.
Why am I eating what I do? If you randomly eat whatever is there at work and/or at home, you’re not loving it. Food keeps us alive and supports our physical and mental tasks personally and professionally. Get tips at choosemyplate.gov. Easy step one? Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Am I getting enough activity? Smart phones have a feature built in that happily stalks your steps without you even thinking about it. Take a gander at that. If you have a sitting job, set your alarm to remind yourself to get up every hour. Seriously. Get some water. Talk to a colleague instead of sending another email. It can actually be pretty easy, productive, and fun to move more.
Am I sleeping 7-8 hours a night? Figure out what time you need to wake up, count backwards 9 hours so you have time to brush your teeth and whatever else, and get yourself in bed.
Are my meals made up of at least 3 food groups, and my snacks two food groups? Meal planning based on this easy diversity helps with nutritional balance and to avoid boredom.
List it: Make tiny changes each day. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be better.
- Are you carrying around extra weight?
- Are you eating for entertainment more often than for nutritional needs?
- Are you so stressed out that all your energy is focused on the source of the stress?
- Are you spending your time and energy on things that don’t align with your core values?
Changing our habits is totally up to us. It takes focus and commitment. You can do it.
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