Once you've determined your health vision and set some goals around it, it's time to set yourself up for success. Yesterday's step focused on creating a healthy-living "echo chamber" to help keep our minds focused on healthy habits. Next step: Pay attention to how our home and work spaces serve us. I've found that we must prep our environment so that it supports our efforts. So what's … [Read more...] about Step 3: Prep Your Environment for Success
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
A few weeks ago, I asked a simple question of my e-mail subscribers: What's your greatest struggle right now? And quite a few of you responded. Some of your replies tugged at my heart. They resonate with me, because in many cases I've been there. And in other cases, I still AM there. So with appreciation for you, I'm creating a series. Each day in October 2017, I plan to post something new … [Read more...] about 31 Steps to a Healthier You: 2017 Challenge
Hi. I've missed you, and writing, and writing for you, during my break this summer. Before going headlong into fall, though, I decided I would take a cue from writer Emily P. Freeman, who encourages her readers to "pause to reflect on the past season before we move ahead into the future." So here we are. These are 7 Things I Learned This Summer, in no particular order. 1. The … [Read more...] about What I Learned in Summer of 2017
If you've got a soda habit you can't kick, try crowding it out. It can feel overwhelming, depressing, and impossible to think about giving up your favorite soft drink altogether. So start with a smaller change. Add different, healthier beverages to your routine. And find some new-to-you beverages that nourish your body, leave you feeling better, and reduce the number of times you reach for the … [Read more...] about Got a Soda Habit You Can’t Kick?