Tell me if this sounds familiar: You fell off the healthy wagon for a few weeks—or months, or years, whatever—and can’t seem to jump back on because the thought of overhauling your diet or adding exercise to your already-crammed schedule is just too overwhelming.
Or maybe you’ve been making really healthy choices for the past few weeks, but one indulgent weekend—too much chocolate and wine, not enough movement or sleep—has you feeling like you’ve blown it.
Well, here’s a little secret that people who maintain good health for years and years know: You’ve never blown it.
The key to not getting sidetracked by a bump in the road (so that one cookie doesn’t become the whole jar or one skipped workout doesn’t become a new way of life) is to forego the complicated meal plans and rigid exercise schedules that are exhausting just to think about.
Instead, you can quickly and easily get back on track with this simple motto:
“Make the next healthy choice.” Tweet this!
That’s it! Make the next healthy choice.
Why does it work? Because it doesn’t require you to conquer all your unhealthy demons in one fell swoop. It doesn’t ask you to drastically alter your schedule, rearrange to your to-do list, or create an elaborate plan for changing your life overnight.
Instead, just make the next healthy choice. Totally doable, right? Not intimidating. Not overwhelming.
Maybe the next healthy choice is to add some veggies to your lunch.
Or go for a half mile walk after dinner.
Perhaps the next healthy choice is to spend a mere five minutes in prayer or meditation to quiet your busy mind (or is that just me?).
Or to get eight hours of sleep tonight—not every night for the rest of your life, just tonight.
When I give up the hope that I’ll just wake up one day and suddenly have acquired every healthy habit I’ve ever hoped to have, and instead focus simply on making the next healthy choice at any given moment, I find that one good choice leads to another good choice which leads to another good choice, and so on.
The next thing I know, I feel a bit more energetic, a tad stronger, and a touch more rested.
Truly healthy people don’t let one week or month or year of bad habits get them down. They also don’t try to change their entire lifestyle all at once, because they know that’s setting themselves up for a struggle.
So if you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get back into the healthy swing of things—or if you’ve literally just finished a burger and fries and are feeling defeated about it—try it out: “Make the next healthy choice.”
No muss, no fuss, just the next healthy choice.
And with that, you’re back on the path to long-term health.
What’s your healthy living motto? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by complicated meal plans and rigid exercise schedules?
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