by Helen Hamlin, health coach
Are you living in the place between non-sick and healthy? There is a huge gap between these two places. If you are “non-sick” it is just a matter of time before you begin to travel down the slippery slope of sickness and disease. You don’t have to accept this progression as your natural path. You can start making changes in the way you are living and eating in order to turn that ship around and start seeing noticeable results. Once you make the decision to have a healthy life – you are on your way!
This doesn’t happen overnight. If you have tried to lose weight or exercise more and not succeeded, that does not mean that you cannot have the good health you deserve. Start small by making small changes over longer periods of time, and you will see positive results. We call these small routine changes “habits.”
Our health is one of the most precious things we have, yet we treat it as though it will last forever without any effort on our part. Then we sabotage it on a regular basis by making poor choices that take their toll on us a little at a time until before we know it, we are in a doctor’s office hearing that we have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and sometimes worse.
If you think you don’t have time to care for your most valuable asset, think again. It is only a matter of changing the focus. Rather than thinking about losing weight or “going on a diet,” try thinking about the journey to good health. Make that one small change and do it daily.
I would like to share something that I learned from Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen along the way. He talks about the “compounding effect of choice.” He tells us that if we make small, doable choices that support good health every day, day in and day out, the benefits will compound over time. You will be rewarded in the end with something far more important than just weight loss. You will be headed toward a lifetime of great and sustainable good health.
Making the choice between hitting the vending machine for a quick snack or planning ahead and having smart snacking choices readily available will make all the difference in the world. But you must make those good choices each day. Having the cheeseburger and fries at lunch vs. making a healthier choice such as a side salad will be a huge step. Soda or water? You get the picture.
If you would like to learn more about achieving good health for a lifetime, try to focus on the small daily changes that you can make, and see if you start to feel more energized and healthy. A good choice or a bad choice – it’s pretty simple if you think about it.
Helen Hamlin, health coach