Can a marathon runner and a couch potato fall in love and live happily ever after?
Can a person who loves to cook be with someone who hates to eat new foods?
Can a salad lover be with a vegetable hater?
Maybe. With a few tweaks.
We live in a world with so much choice. How we spend our time, what we spend our money on, and who we choose to surround ourselves with. Not to mention the particulars in each in regards to food, hobbies, workplace, and so on. Oh. My. Goodness.
Let’s focus on stuff that we can actually do something about. Stop the arbitrary “should-ing” yourself. Focus on a thing that you can do to address the thing you keep thinking that you “should” change, especially if someone you like being around is choosing something very different than you. Compromise with well-being benefits for you, and something in common with somebody you like to be around? Sounds pretty great to me.
When you are scooting your shopping cart around the store, you have the power to pick something that can potentially help your health. How. Cool. Is. That.
Here are four common things that are perceived barriers to making improved food and activity choices. And some options for each of those things for you to try. What have you got to lose? (Don’t forget to talk with your doctor if you are just beginning to make changes to your lifestyle).
|If you currently do this||Try one of these|
|Sitting and watching tv and/or staring at social media
||Sit on a stationary bike at the same time
March/walk in place
Fold laundry while watching TV
Set alarm on phone to contain screen time
|Your “go to” beverage is high calorie||Buy smaller sizes, use a smaller glass
Every other drink you choose is water
Mix it with water or seltzer
Add more ice cubes
|You don’t like to sweat||Walk in air conditioning
Take the stairs one flight up and always down
Wear layers so you can adjust for comfort
Add in stretching and focus on your core
|You love to eat party foods||Work in at least one fruit and vegetable daily
Portion out your less healthful choices
Use a smaller plate/bowl
Find one food that you find fun to eat that’s better (like popcorn – it’s a whole grain!)
You don’t have to stop liking what you like or doing what you do. Just make some little adjustments and you can be on your way to a new routine that still feels like you.