Posts Tagged ‘behavior change’
 
December 27th, 2013 |

New Year, New Resolution, New You

At this time every year, we make resolutions for the future. Often times those resolutions are about getting healthy, losing weight, eating better, and other healthful adjustments to daily living. Unfortunately, shortly after these resolutions are made they are discontinued or placed “on hold”. This year it is possible to make the change and stick to it. All it takes is following the 5 steps of the “stages of change” within the “transtheoretical”, or behavior change, model. These steps include pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance.

  1. Pre-contemplation- Unprepared to make a change in your behavior.
  2. Contemplation- Determine the change you want to make in your life.
  3. Preparation- Collect all of the things you need to make your resolution.
  4. Action- Make your change and keep it.
  5. Maintenance- Keep your resolution for 6 months. You have finally reached maintenance.

(more…)

 
December 26th, 2013 |

Jumpstarting Microresolutions

My young nephews, Trent (9) and Bryce (6) received tablets for Christmas. They’ve been nestled on the couch the very second the devices were fully charged. I’m hopeful  the novelty will eventually wear off, at least a little, right?

These two boys are very active. They play basketball and soccer. They play ‘tickle tackle’ outside in the yard for hours and look like they’re NFL-ready. Bryce will take your legs out from under you without fear. Trent will out run you and has cat-like agility. They burn calories at that enviable young boy rate.

They also eat very healthfully. Thanks to my sister’s insistence, fruits and vegetables are part of their vocabulary. They know what quinoa is and prefer kale chips to Lays. They love ChopChop magazine and ChopChop cookbook. Trent knows more about food labels than any dietitian I know. Bryce wants his plate to be colorful. Eating the right stuff fits seamlessly into their day. (more…)

CATEGORIES: Prevention
 
June 19th, 2013 |

Wedding season is here.

Are you prepared to make an entrance? Whether it’s a graduation, reunion, or wedding celebration – there’s always something happening during the summer – and with all that partying comes the challenge of looking your best. Many people use desperate measures to look good. But what if I told you that focusing on how you feel is really what’s most important. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel healthy, fit, and confident for the big day? Here are some tips on how to make positive changes so you can feel your best for summer’s occasions.

5 healthy changes to try now:

  • Quit a bad habit. Overcome your tendency toward a bad habit by making daily goals. If you have failed at changing your behavior in the past, investigate why and learn from your mistakes.
  • Take up a healthy habit. Do something that inspires you. You’ll be happy to have a genuine response to the inevitable party question, “What have you been up to?”
  • Make healthy eating choices. Start in the grocery store where you hold all the power. Focus your shopping around the perimeter of the store where you’ll find whole foods like fruits, vegetables, meat, and eggs.
  • Sleep better. Try going to bed earlier and waking up with the sunrise. Summer mornings are incredible for contemplating, exercising, and getting things done.
  • Develop an exercise routine. Don’t bother with an activity you hate doing – find something that’s fun, you’re more likely to stick with it. Buddy up with a friend and keep each other going.

Not ready to change? No problem. Change is hard and achievable only when you are motivated. Afraid of failure? Prove yourself wrong. The best way to achieve something you do not think you can do is to reach out to people who have already accomplished that thing. It’s pretty easy to find experts in almost any area of your choosing.

Go forth and find inner peace in the things you can change to feel great, let go, and have fun at this summer’s festivities.

By Liz Schneider