A little over ten years ago, Mother Nature slammed me down with a shower of blood clots to the lungs. I paid attention and got on a weight loss program that resulted in my losing about 30 pounds and discarding some poor life-style habits. Folks who experience a huge health crisis often change their lives. If they’re lucky enough, that’s what happens.
Here’s a novel idea: what about starting before the crisis? I wouldn’t have had this thought a decade ago, but as I’m becoming a bit older, and wiser, I’ve begun to take even better care of myself. How about implementing one small change that will make a difference and put you on your way to better health?
Move more. Walk. Dance. Swim. Bike.
Eat differently. Add a veggie or fruit. Substitute whole grains like quinoa or brown rice for refined grains and pastas.
Expand your interests. Try a new hobby. Sign up for a class. Join a group.
These are small steps to nudge yourself out of a rut or out of your comfort zone, but they could have a large impact on your life.
Maybe you’re someone who gave up an unhealthy habit for Lent. How about continuing beyond the season and pursuing that more-healthy option long-term? You don’t need a crisis in order to change your behavior. You’re worth it now.
It’s never too early or too late to start. Baby steps. What small steps are you ready to take to improve your life?