Are you familiar with the phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?”
It implies that after a certain age, you’re stuck. You cannot change your habits or learn new ideas, or ways of doing things.
No, I’m not comparing you to a dog. And this phrase couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is that it is important to your mental health and well being that you do continue to learn new things, adopt new habits, and continuously strive to improve.
One of the better ways you can focus on your personal self improvement is to get healthy. If you are struggling with weight, perhaps this is the year to be really serious about losing some of those extra baggage you are carrying around.
The Benefits of Losing Weight
When you lose weight you instantly begin to lengthen your life. You also begin to reduce your risk of getting some serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Not to mention you also reduce your risk for other ailments like depression, chronic pain and fatigue.
You also gain confidence, an appreciation for your body, a “can do” attitude, better relationships with people and a better relationship with food.
- Increase your energy level
- Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Improved mobility
- Improve your breathing and cardiovascular system
- Sleep better
- Improved blood sugar levels and stop the constant cravings
And the good news is that losing weight, whether you’re twelve or seventy-two, isn’t about deprivation and extreme measures. If you want to lose weight, get in shape, and keep the weight off for the rest of your life the key to success rests in your habits.
Definition of a Habit
The word “habit” is defined in the dictionary as:
- A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition.
- An established disposition of the mind or character.
Habits are things that you do every day without really paying too much attention to them. You get out of bed and make a cup of coffee, that’s a habit. You take the same route to work every day, that’s a habit. You brush your teeth with your right hand after you’ve washed your face, but before you’ve brushed your hair, that’s a habit.
The fun thing about habits, whether they’re “good” or “bad” habits, is that they can be changed and modified. They’re not set in stone. They can change as you do and you’re in control.
You decide what habits you want to keep, change, adopt, or eliminate. You control your habits. They don’t control you.
Let’s say you have the habit of coming home every day after work and sitting down on the couch to rest.
While that certainly isn’t a “bad” habit, there are other things that you could do that would be just as relaxing and definitely healthier for you. You could come home, change your shoes and go for a walk. You could come home and meditate or unwind with a meditative activity like crocheting or cooking.
A Few Concepts to Clear Up
Before I continue, it’s important to know what this blog post ISN’T about. It’s not about elimination or deprivation. It’s not about losing forty pounds in four days, starving yourself, or exercising for six hours a day.
It is about modifying your life and changing your habits so you can live a healthier life. .
And the results will be amazing.
When you make changes to your habits and embrace a healthier and more active lifestyle, you will lose the weight and you will keep it off.
One more thing…
Earlier the word “Bad” was mentioned in reference with a habit. That is the first and last time you’ll read that word. Yes, there are bad habits and you know what they are. However, from now on I’m calling them “unhealthy habits,” and to be honest a little walk on the wild side every now and again is probably just fine.
My goal for the next series of blog posts is for you to learn to identify the habits you have right now, healthy or unhealthy, and to modify them so that you’re living your best life. This process will help you lose the weight once and for all and it will help you keep it off for life.
Over the next few days … you’ll discover…
- Why Losing Weight Slowly Is Better Than Rapid Weight Loss
- What Happens To Your Body When You Lose Weight Quickly
- Six Tips To Lose Weight Slowly and Permanently
- How To Set Realistic Goals
- How To Track Your Success
- Tools and Resources you can use to achieve your goals
- The Three Step Process to replace your unhealthy habits
- How to plan your weight loss success, and why it matters
- Tips for Habit Building Success
- Tried and True Diet, Fitness and Lifestyle Habits to Consider – 38 habits!
- Tips for Weight Loss Transformation and Lasting Success