Small Steps for Big Health
November 28, 2009 8 Comments
If you can’t tell already, I’m a big fan of small steps.
I think that making small incremental changes to your habits can lead to large results. Some people prefer the “cold turkey” approach of settling their finances and losing weight and stopping smoking. I’m more of a person who believes that it is easier to start or stop small habits for a lifetime than it is to change your entire life in one day.
I’ve ramped up my debt repayment from $300/month to $1000/month using small steps to get my financial life in order. I haven’t been so diligent about listing them, but they have been small – and often times reactionary.
I was planning in 2010 to start a new chapter of my “Small Steps for Big Change” blog by having a new “thing” each month that I change about my overall health. It takes about 30 days to start or stop a habit, so I figured each month would be a new goal. I’ve done variations of this technique in the past that have been very successful, but this time the plan will be a little bit more involved because instead of doing some gimmicky resolution for a year, I want to build a lifestyle for myself.
While I do have weight issues, and sure, I would like to lose between 20-25lbs, the goal for me isn’t losing the weight as much as it is developing a healthy lifestyle.
So we’ll call this segment of my blog “Small Steps for Big Health”. I’ll be exploring each month a new facet of my life that I want to change, and the ramifications that making this change lifelong will have on my overall health. I would like to encourage each of you who know that you want a healthier life style, but are not sure what you want to do to achieve it, to follow me in my journey. The goal isn’t weight loss, the goal is to take a year to develop simple habits that will allow us a healthy lifestyle – and hopefully in the process to shed some pounds. 😉
While I was planning on starting January 2010 – I’ve decided that there is no time like the present to get going. So I’ll start formulating my plan this weekend and I will begin December 1st. You’re welcome to join me at any point you’d like – whether that be Month 1 or Month 10 – each will be simple steps that we’ll take together to be healthier (and hopefully happier) everyday.