The REAL shifts that need to happen to improve your health this year.

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It’s that time again… the dawning of a new year! I’d like to be among the first to welcome you to it.

You may or may not be a fan of declaring New Year’s resolutions, but I am willing to bet you have done a little contemplating about how you would like to elevate your life in 2019.

Am I right?

Whatever means you use to improve your health this year, I’d like to toss you a few nuggets that I think will help you create meaningful change this year.

I have been helping women rewrite their health stories now for over 20 years, and I have learned a few things along the way about what it really takes to create sustainable change.

It has nothing to do with the latest diet craze (or any diet for that matter).

It has nothing to do with superfoods or specific exercise protocols.

What it takes to create sustainable change has EVERYTHING to do with how you are thinking about your process, your worth, your challenges and even your failures.

So, here is a list of my top 10 pieces of advice to help you create real change with your health in 2019 (I do a deep dive into these topics on the podcast this week, so if you’re interested, you can have a listen HERE).

1. Take some time to define what health means to you at THIS age and stage of life.

Your definition will likely be far greater than a number on the scale, a clothing size or how great your body looks in a swimsuit. So, remember that when choosing ways in which you will measure your progress this year.

2. Commit to moving in the direction of who you want to become, rather than chasing a version of yourself that you once were.

Spending your life chasing your pre-baby body, how you looked on your wedding day, or the weight you were in college is exhausting and robbing you of precious life energy. Move forward with faith that the best is yet to come because it is IF you are willing to move FORWARD.

3. Pursue expansion, not smallness.

For decades women have been sold the message that “smaller is better” but, sadly, that very message has created a world of hurt (quite literally). I recently wrote an entire article on this, you can read it HERE.

Commit to moving in the direction of who you want to become, rather than chasing a version of yourself that you once were.

4. Commit to developing a strong PRACTICE of self-care rather than simply chasing results.

The number one reason diets have such a high failure rate is that they are designed to get you results NOT to actually create behavior change (which is a requirement of sustainability). Focus on changing your behavior this year more than you focus on the outcome if you don’t want to feel like you are starting “yet again” come 2020.

5. Lean into self-discipline as an extension of self-respect.

The greatest things in your life were accomplished by doing a lot of things that you probably weren’t all that keen on doing. Discipline is a requirement of the change process, but when it is employed out of self-respect rather than self-loathing it is far less painful.

6. Find ways to befriend the work.

If you hate the work required to uplevel your health, you won’t keep doing the work. You must find ways to enjoy the journey so you will stay committed to the work long after you have reached your goals.

7. Grant yourself permission to draw small circles of expectation.

Your brain can only handle so much change at one time. Stop kidding yourself that you can change a lot of behaviors at once. You can’t (at least not for long). Start small, go slow. You will astound yourself with what you can accomplish in a year with the slow and steady approach.

8. Pursue tolerable discomfort.

Growth is always going to include a bit of discomfort. Discomfort is not a sign that something is wrong, in fact, it is often the opposite – a sign that something new is being born. You do not need to suffer but you do need to be willing to get uncomfortable because change requires doing things you haven’t done before.

9. REST rather than quit.

You WILL get tired, frustrated and even overwhelmed. Give yourself permission to rest. Acclimate a bit and then keep climbing.

10. Grant yourself a hefty dose of grace.

You cannot hate yourself healthy. Deep health is a result of getting to know yourself better, improving the relationship you have with yourself and, dare I even say….liking yourself. You will mess up this year and when you do, you will soften the blow greatly if you treat yourself with buckets of grace.

 

Whatever your hopes and aspirations are for 2019, I truly believe that with the right dose of Grace & Grit they are all within your reach.

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