Are you familiar with this cycle?
Make healthy changes.
Fall off track.
Get back on track.
Fall off track.
I have experienced this cycle an embarrassing number of times.
However, I catch myself when I fall off track more and more quickly, because I know what to look out for.
Awareness is the very first step to change!
Here are the 5 bodily warning signs that it’s time to change your lifestyle:
1. Low energy.
Do you feel drained all the time? Do you never seem to get enough sleep?
Let me guess. You’re reaching for more and more coffee. You barely have the energy to get through your day, let alone exercise. Naps grow more attractive by the minute.
2. Poor Mood.
Depending on your personality this could go one of two ways.
Perhaps, you are snappy and short to anger. Alternatively, you may feel anxious and depressed.
Either way, you do not feel yourself.
You are unable to show up for your work or for your loved ones in the way that you wish.
3. Bad digestion.
You’re suffering from constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, or all of the above.
Something simply is not working.
The last thing you want to do is go to the gym with your bloated belly and constant gas.
You wake up hurting.
Maybe you step out of bed and your feet hurt.
Your joints feel stiff and inflamed.
You reach for anti-inflammatories to stop the pain already!
5. Other chronic health problems.
These include, but are not limited to: weight problems, hormonal imbalances, high blood pressure, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, chronic fatigue, and autoimmune diseases.
These can all indicate the presence of an underlying lifestyle problem.
So, what do you do about it?
The good news is that your body wants to be healthy. You simply have to align your actions with the conditions that create health.
Here are 5 steps you can take to get back on track now:
1. Get a clear idea of the healthy lifestyle you wish to lead.
Perhaps, you already know what the best lifestyle is for you. You’ve found a method in the past that delivered great results, but you were unable to sustain it. You may wish to revisit that lifestyle if you feel strongly drawn to it.
For example, I tried and failed to sustain a raw vegan lifestyle more times than I can count. All the while, I knew it was right for me.
I kept letting things get in the way of my conviction, and ignored certain important recommendations for success.
Each time I slipped, I learned from my mistakes.
After four years of struggling, the lifestyle finally feels natural and enjoyable.
Maybe you want to try something completely new.
Either way, spend some time getting really clear on what it is you want to achieve.
2. Enlist in the support of a coach.
Whether you know what works for you or you want to try something new, you may greatly benefit from working with a coach one-on-one or in a group setting.
A good coach will provide you with the accountability, support, encouragement, and resources you need to ensure your success.
Of course, you still have to put in the hard work!
Having someone there with you who has what you want will inspire you to take action everyday in the direction of your goals.
3. Do your research.
Before starting any lifestyle change, it’s important to educate yourself.
Review the science behind the method.
Collect any resources you need to get started right away.
Have a chat with your doctor to make sure the lifestyle change you want to make is safe for you.
Look for people who are succeeding and hear what they have to say.
YouTube can be a great source of information and inspiration for real people making changes and achieving their goals. And, it’s free!
4. Get accountability.
As I mentioned, a coach will provide you with accountability.
Additionally, enlist the support of your friends and family.
Find an accountability buddy who wants to make the same changes as you.
You may also want to start putting yourself out there on social media or in your community, and share what you are doing.
With people cheering for your success, you won’t want to quit when things get tough.
5. Take action.
Start implementing the changes you want to see in your life.
Make a green smoothie. Meditate for five minutes in the morning. Try a 15 minute HIIT work out. Eat a large salad for dinner.
Information gathering is only as good as it’s application to your life.
Turn your thoughts into actions, and take at least one step everyday in the direction of your desired lifestyle.
It’s never too late to make a change for the better.
No matter how old you are, or how engrained in your ways you are, you CAN change.
As long as you have an open mind, strong conviction, and take action everyday, you will succeed.
Be resilient and let your failures be motivation to try smarter.
Figure out where you strayed in the past.
Create new habits that will lead to a bright future and a healthy, happy you!
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