We all have a goal to be healthier. Some of these goals have definitive ends, like finishing your first 5k or drinking a glass of water first thing each morning. But the goal of being healthier overall doesn’t really have a defined end. It’s a journey where we adapt to new circumstances, learn new things, and understand more about ourselves.
Since this journey is a long one, let’s take a look into the future and see what life might look like when you’ve been practicing your healthy habits for a while:
- When you sit down to dinner, you’ll be more focused on the flavors and textures of your food.
- You may start craving more nutritious foods.
- You’ll be able to enjoy your meal longer because you’ll be eating slower.
- If you feel like you want to eat something, you’ll be able to easily distinguish whether it’s physical or emotional hunger.
- Cooking and preparing delicious meals will get easier. You may even develop a passion for cooking!
- You can stick to your goals while eating at a restaurant.
- You can have a neutral or positive way of looking at your body.
- When you see harmful messages about body image, you become aware of if you’re internalizing those messages.
- You practice self-compassion when you feel negative about your body.
- Unrealistic body expectations in the media become very obvious and it’s easier to see them for what they are.
- You can challenge self-critical thoughts and meet them with compassion or neutrality.
- You’ve planned your next workout and look forward to it.
- You start noticing when you’re getting bored of one workout and mix things up with another exercise.
- Exploring fitness with a group or workout partner no longer feels intimidating
- You’ve got more confidence working out solo.
- Going from walking 2,000 or 3,000 steps per day doesn’t feel like enough, so you bump it up.
- You try new kinds of workouts, from strength training to yoga to rock climbing.
If this sounds like a lot of ways your life can change for the better in the coming weeks, that’s because it is! But we’re not done yet, because all of these changes require a foundation. That’s where your healthy habits will come in.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are healthy habits! That’s why you can decide how many days you want to start practicing the habit and increase that number the more comfortable you get doing that habit.
From canning the soda to feeling good when exercising, we’ve got you covered in the habit department. The more you check off the healthy habits of your choosing, the more you’re integrating those habits into your lifestyle so that you can keep them in the long term.
Going through one lesson per day and checking off your habits does even more than help address your healthy habits, and you’ll notice it if you’ve ever been stuck in the endless cycle of dieting and weight loss.
When you shift your mindset around your health and wellness, you’re rewriting the age-old narrative that healthy can’t be indulgent and delicious and movement can’t be fun and fulfilling.
This is the end of associating food with morality.
This is the end of exercise being a punishment for what you ate.
This is the end of feeling like you aren’t worthy because of how you look.
It’s the end of all of that, and the start of something completely and wonderfully new.
Want to start your journey? You can do that here.