5 Small Steps to Vibrant Health

This post is sponsored by United Healthcare. All opinions and tips are my own.

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Ah the joy of a new year!

Can you feel it?

Shopping carts are filled with veggies and all sorts of healthy treats…

Gyms are bursting with enthusiastic members, old and new, who blast through one class after another…

The energy is palpable as we all commit to making this year our healthiest year ever!

It’s an exciting time of year, yet sadly by the middle of January more than half of those who committed to making healthy changes, have given up on their goal. By the end of the month, statistics tell us that number has reached 92%!   That leaves 8% who are making the changes they committed to and reaping the benefits of that commitment.

Not a happy number is it?

What do you say we change that number?

I challenge you to make this your healthiest, most vibrant year yet and I want you to start today!

Are you IN?

I want you to succeed and I am committed to supporting you and encouraging you every step of the way in whichever way I can so make sure you reach out and let me know what you need.

Let’s face it change is hard. Though we’ve turned the page on our calendar and joyfully greeted the new year, life as we  know it hasn’t really changed.  We still wake up on the same side of the bed every morning and face the same endless list of tasks to accomplish in far too little time.

So how are we to succeed in making these big changes when we barely have time to breathe?

One step a a time!

I know it sounds a little cliché and over simplified but it is the only way to make lasting change. PERIOD.

Your journey to health is a lifelong journey. One that becomes easier with each season but one that continues to change as you change. Each season in your life brings its own set of challenges and opportunities.

Whatever your starting point may be the only way to reach your destination is to actively change habits. Many of these are lifelong habits and are going to take serious commitment and time to change. But have faith! It’s an exciting journey that awaits and I guarantee you will love it more and more as you travel along.  As you gain greater awareness of your body and your specific needs you’ll feel empowered to make the best choices for yourself and your family for the season at hand. And the healthier you are the more fully you will savor life.

Whether your healthy goal is to loose weight, get stronger and fitter, eat healthier foods or make personal time a priority here are 5 simple steps you can take to help you get there:

Set S.M.A.R.T Goals

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The key to your success is to be clear about your goal and make sure it is a goal you can accomplish safely and within reasonable time.  If you’re determined to loose weight, set your overall goal, then break it down into smaller weekly goals. It’s a lot easier to stay on track when your goal is within reach. Six months away is a really long time and you’ll probably get discouraged if you have nothing closer to look forward to. Record your starting point then put a detailed action plan in place to reach those weekly goals and celebrate every milestone as you reach them.

If you’ve decided to add fresh greens to your diet and cut back on calorie intensive foods that have little to no nutrition, come up with a list of weekly swaps. Turn this into a game and you’ll enjoy it even more.

As you set your healthy goals, enlist a partner in crime. Make sure you are making healthy choices and ask them to keep you accountable, or better yet, join you on your journey. Make your journey a family one.  There really is no greater joy than to taste life fully together!

Start now!

There is no better time to get started than right now!

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It’s much too easy to push things back ….

“It’s already Thursday so I’ll start on Monday….”

“It’s too cold to go running every day, I’ll wait until it warms up a bit …”

“I really want to try this new class but I need to loose a few pounds first…”

The problem is tomorrow becomes next week, then next month, and before you know it you’re putting your goal right back on your New Year’s Resolution list for 2017.

The longer you procrastinate the harder it is to get started so grab your calendar and mark today as DAY 1 of your healthy new year 🙂

Start Small and Stay in  Motion

For most of us, committing to a healthier life style means committing to some pretty big changes. And big changes are intimidating and often feel overwhelming.  You wouldn’t run a marathon without training for at least 6 months so don’t expect to radically change your eating habits overnight or go from a predominantly sedentary lifestyle to working out three hours a day.  Not only are you setting yourself up for failure but you’d likely do some damage along the way.

Focus on small, manageable changes — Add a new vegetable or two to your shopping cart every week and scour Pinterest for tasty recipes that are easy to make .  Take a fifteen minute power walk before heading home after dropping off the kids.  Swap out your daily soda for a glass of sparkling water infused with your favorite fruits.  Little changes make a big difference and add up quickly.  So start with small manageable changes and keep building on those.

Stay Focused on Today

So you indulged in a sugary treat yesterday….

Or maybe you chose to sleep in an extra half hour and skipped your workout….

Met a friend after work and had one cocktail too many…

Let it go!

What’s done is done so put it behind you and move on.  You can not go back in time and make a different choice so stop beating yourself up over it. Or worse, don’t use is as an excuse to give up altogether on your healthy resolution. Forgive yourself and move on.

Being healthy should not mean giving up everything you love!

A healthy lifestyle is a joyful, abundant and exhilarating one! It should feel like a gift not like punishment.

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Make the best decisions you can for today, and build on that tomorrow.  Tomorrow hasn’t come yet, and yesterday has come and gone. All you have in front of you is the day at hand. Make it the most healthy day you can and celebrate every little victory. In doing so you’ll be building a solid foundation for tomorrow while living blissfully today 🙂

Stop Making Excuses!

Yes I did say making  excuses and before you roll your eyes at me listing the thousands of things you have to do every day that get in the way of sticking to your health plan, hear me out — Every mom I know is juggling far too much. And we all do it for the right reason: our family.  We all want to give them the best and all too often that is synonymous with putting ourselves last. But doesn’t your family deserve the best YOU possible?  I know mine deserves the best ME I can possibly be and that means I have to my taking care of myself a priority.

No matter how many other things deserve my attention I always have the choice to say “Yes” or “No”.  And I have learned that when I say “Yes” to ME my whole family benefits!  What that means for me is making time every day for the things that keep me healthy of mind, body and spirit. So before I fill my schedule with everyone else’s stuff I block out time for God, time for exercise, time for learning and time to a little pampering.

At the end of the day, the person who suffers the most from your excuses is you… and  most likely your loved ones who get robbed of a happy healthy spouse and mom. So don’t give in to pressure. Treat yourself with love and respect and make yourself a priority. I promise you’ll thank me later.

You know I’m here if you need a little accountability.

I’m happy to have partnered with United Healthcare to bring you a little extra incentive to stick to your healthy plan.

UHC January Dares

This month you have three new opportunities to qualify for a $400 gift card when you visit wedareyoutoshare.com Test your health knowledge, exercise your memory as you play “Concentration” or watch an informative video and take a quiz. Most of all have fun!

How are you making your health and well being a priority?


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  1. These are great tips. I am moving more in 2016. I’ve also added some new supplements to my healthy routine. I’m drinking 100 oz of water a day and getting to bed by 11pm!

    • Wow Cindy, that is awesome!!! 100 oz of water, I’m impressed. You must be feeling clean and energized and ready to take 2016 by the horns! All the best and please keep me up to date so I can celebrate your success with you!!!

  2. It is hard for people to keep their goals, that’s why it’s important to make realistic ones. I used to work in a health club, and watched as the gym was filled the first couple of weeks of each year. Then it slowly got quieter. Which was sad to see. Sure, it made the boss money, and the regulars knew they just had to wait a couple of weeks. But I always felt bad for the people who paid but stopped coming.

    • I could not agree more Kris! I love when the gym is bustling with people, committed to taking care of themselves and I wish there was a way I could convince them all to stay long enough to make it a habit they actually can’t do without 🙁

  3. I really want to be in that 8% that maintain the momentum & make lifelog changes. I am taking small steps, and, so far, have been pretty happy with the results.

  4. These are great steps. I definitely need to be more healthy.

  5. Humans excel at making excuses. It’s what we do. We have to push past the easy way out to do what is better for us. I mean really – a donut DOES taste better than kale. But sometimes you just gotta eat the kale.

    • Haha Patty, you are so right, humans do excel at making excuses. As for the kale… I know I’m the exception but I’ll take kale over donuts any day. I know, I know… I was raised in France where we did not have donuts so I find them way too sweet… Now put a croissant in front of me and, well, I just might have to succumb to temptation 😉

  6. Great tips! It takes dedication to make a difference

  7. Great tips as always. And you are so right – lifelong habits are going to take serious commitment and time to change!

    • Thanks Veronica! Yes, habits take commitment and support from loved ones. And time, something we all too often forget about… I worry especially about my daughters’ generation. They are growing up in a world of instant gratification like never before. Patience is a skill that is learned over time but needs to be modeled. In the age of technology where so much is available at the touch of a button, that is a hard concept for many to grasp.

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