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How to Have the Discipline to Stick with a Healthy Lifestyle

by Evolving Stacey on September 26, 2009

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My word for 2009 has been “light” – I want to be a light in my own life, a light in my children’s lives, and I want to shine light onto the world. I’m now thinking about my word for 2010…and I’m considering the word Discipline. How can I use discipline to improve my personal practice of life balance and how can I use discipline to best use my time to serve others?

In the spirit of discipline, I have invited personal trainer Marci Lall from http://www.marcilall.com to share 3 essential tips to sticking to a healthy lifestyle when the demands and obligations you face on a daily basis can make it incredibly difficult to stay on track.

Here are Marci’s 3 essential tips to follow…

1: Be Realistic

“This tip is very important. Don’t try to make over your whole life all at once, do it in small pieces. Instead of deciding today that you’re going to be the epitome of healthy living tomorrow, set small goals for yourself.”

2: Set the Goals

“The first thing you want to do to start living a healthy lifestyle is eat better, take a close look at what you eat in a day. Don’t get too upset when you make mistakes. Instead say, I want to eat a healthier lunch every day. 

Buy things like apples and snack size peanut butter and drink plenty of water. Peanut butter is going to provide you with the good fats and protein that you need to get through the afternoon and the apple is going to give you the sugar kick that will give you more energy… and the water, it’s good for you in more ways than I have space to list.

The point is, pick a small goal and deadline to achieve that goal. Once you accomplish and maintain it, start with your next goal.”

3: Workout Often

“You’ve heard this one many times before.  It’s not hard to get a workout in.  If you have a backyard or small space in your house you can easily perform body-weight exercises like squats and push-ups to help strengthen your body and also shed a few pounds. 

You don’t have to spend an hour working out, if done correctly you can complete a very effective workout session in about 20-30 minutes!

Regardless of how busy you get it is very important that you take the time to make healthier choices. You don’t have to be a health goddess in a day, take small steps… realistic milestones, so that you can live a healthier lifestyle with ease and be able to stick with it.”

This is Your Moment

Today I have a bold request for you – I am requesting you commit to doing three things this week towards your healthy lifestyle goals. If you accept this request, let us know what you will be doing to honor this request in the comments section of this post. 

Personally, I commit to drinking more water, taking a multi-vitamin each day, and getting back into my workout routine after traveling on the road for the past week.

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Suzanne September 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm

This week, I commit to:
- Drinking 8 oz. of water every hour at work (easy) and at home (difficult)
- Doing a small project each day that excites me (to combat the blah life feelings I’ve had lately)
- Focusing on being fully there for my children once again

Good luck with your week Stacey!

.-= Suzanne´s last blog ..TCOY 1 Minute Focus =-.

Stacey / Create a Balance September 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Suzanne – I love your intention for the week. Let me know if I can help keep you accountable in any way throughout the next seven days.

Greg February 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I enjoyed reading this very much. it is concise, and very much to the point. These 3 steps are very vital.. I also agree with drinking the water. Hydrating is quite important.
.-= Greg´s last blog ..Healthy Living Information–Increase Stamina =-.

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namia March 22, 2010 at 6:58 am

Hi iam committed to not take more water instead of soda, walk four times a week for 30 mins, do crunches

namia March 22, 2010 at 7:01 am

oops…will do that stuff this week..and hopefully..the next n the next

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