Transitioning into a healthy lifestyle is a lengthy process, and simply cannot be achieved overnight. Making lasting changes in life takes some serious work. While it is definitely achievable, it will take effort and dedication. It is imperative to have the right mindset and perspective going into this type of change, as you want to set yourself up for success. You must recognize and understand that turning your life around is going to require time and effort.
The reason that the transition often takes work is because you have developed long-standing habits through the unhealthy lifestyle, and these habits take time to break. If you have been drinking liters of soda every day, or overdoing it on alcohol, you will need to take your time in breaking these bad habits. It would be lovely if you could make the decision to live a healthy life and wake up the next morning already changed, but that’s not reality. The process takes time, and is achieved day by day, moment by moment.
One of the first steps you can take in making the transition is to recruit cheerleaders and accountability partners. If nobody knows of your desire to change, you will be more likely to slack off from making the necessary changes. Tell your spouse, friends or family what your goals are and how you hope to achieve them so that they can help you and cheer you on along the way. The best case scenario would be to have a friend, spouse or relative actually get healthy with you! When you have somebody doing it with you, you can lean on them when it gets tough and you want to revert back to your old, unhealthy lifestyle. Having an accountability partner means that you have somebody to be accountable to, and who will hold you to your word on the changes you say you want to make.
It is important to focus on the small changes that are made daily instead of looking at the long road ahead. Life is a marathon not a sprint, and the transition into a healthy lifestyle, especially if an unhealthy one has been lived for so long, is no different. Remember to celebrate the little milestones and steps toward progress along the way, and the big picture will start to shrink!
ayla is a former fast-food devotee who was inspired to live a healthier lifestyle after witnessing her children’s positive transformation following their attendance of an outdoor education school and adventure program. She enjoys Blogging about self-empowerment, working in her garden and reading classical works of fiction.