We tend to surround ourselves with opinions and ideas that reinforce our own. This happens particularly around politics and social issues, in our modern media age. Living in the echo chamber, they call it. That insulated place can give us a false sense of reality. But when creating new habits and neural pathways, an insulated place also can serve us well. We can create an echo chamber of … [Read more...] about Step 2: Create an Echo Chamber of Healthy Living
High above the clouds, more than 10,000 feet above sea level, 18 boys perched on mountain bikes and - somewhat nervously - prepared to descend a steep, rocky trail. Snow flurries blew in the wind. But before the first mountain biker pedaled away, their leader shared a key piece of advice: Focus on where you want to go, not on where you don't want to go. He explained further, if you see the … [Read more...] about Step 1: Focus on Where You Want to Go
When I think about what health coaching did for me as a client, I look around my home in amazement, and with a sense of peace. I had been stuck for a long time in one particular area of my life. But I never considered how it might be affecting my health, because it wasn't in an obvious "health" area such as nutrition or exercise. When I enrolled in the professional health coach training … [Read more...] about What Health Coaching Did for Me
When starting or staying true to a healthier lifestyle, one must have deal breakers. Right? Boundaries. Lines that cannot be crossed, at least not often. Perhaps you've set out to change the way you eat or decided to get more exercise. Maybe you're swearing off fast food. Or you're planning to take 10,000 steps per day. Or you aim to get 7+ hours of sleep each night. How strong is … [Read more...] about What Are Your Deal Breakers for a Healthy Lifestyle?
Vision Boards help people clarify their desires, quiet their negative voices, and keep focused when willpower wanes. And they're fun to make. The start of a new year, when we're looking ahead to creating a better lifestyle, is a great time to make Vision Boards, and the ways to do it are endless. I wanted my first vision board to represent my priorities of my faith, my family, and my … [Read more...] about Vision Boards: The Why and How
It is not uncommon for many of us to "blow it" over a holiday weekend, but Stretchy-Pants Week doesn't have to turn into an entire month. Want to get back on track? Then take a look at the list below. Here are 5 ways to refocus and recover after a holiday: Stop beating yourself up about what you ate, drank, said, did, or didn't do. It's a new day. Stop replaying the narratives. Forgive … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Get on Track after a Stretchy-Pants Week