Hi there New Leafers!
I hope that your summer has been a wonderful journey so far; full of adventure, fun, and relaxation!
I just wanted to write a quick note to remind you all that healthy living is your own life’s mission; it is unique to you and your specific goals.
Sometimes we can fall into a habit of comparing ourselves to others. We covet others motivations and want to know what THEY’RE doing, and how we measure up to some social standard. Unfortunately, we can set ourselves up for disappointment and live in fear of judgement from others this way. Find your own self motivation by exploring the basics: what is one thing you can modify to improve your health?
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” Theodore Roosevelt
Tell that inner critic to take a leap. You know that voice. It’s the one which helps you in the comparison to others, saying things like:
“You can’t do that!”
“You’re not doing it right!”
“You’re not doing enough!”
One foot in front of the other. Baby steps turn to leaps and bounds, and small changes make a big difference. Focus on one healthy living aspect you wish to cultivate (eating more vegetables and fruits, drinking less sugary drinks, drinking more water, going for a 30 min walk everyday) and get that habit down. Then incorporate the next. You’re learning new behavior patterns; it takes time to let go of the old ones. Be patient with yourself and keep your eyes on the prize; a healthier, happier you! Not someone else, or someone else’s version of what healthy means.
Get out there, have fun, and as always; let me know how I may help!