How to Create A Healthy Habit And Stick To It!

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Creating a healthy habit can be a tricky thing to start, never mind trying to commit to doing it long-term. That’s why I created the Healthy DivaGirl Healthy Habit Challenge back in January (maybe some of you participated on my Facebook Page http://facebook.com/healthydivagirl) and it was a great way to kick off the new year! Since we are now in the month of July, half way through the year and where does the time go ? It makes sense to do a 6 months check in and revisit what we may have started earlier in the year.  What was your new years resolution in January and did you even make one? Well I’m here to tell you that is never too late to get back on track with something you fell off the wagon with or something you may have been in procrastination mode waiting for the perfect time to start.

I’m going to get slightly honest here… There really is no perfect time to start and the best time to start and commit to a healthy habit is NOW!!! Nothing has to be perfect, the time, the circumstances or you. What really matters is that you make a decision and that the habit you want to create is something you really want in your life. Making this one decision will have a positive impact on your life and that is truly more important to you. You need to believe this will mean more to you if you commit to make the changes, rather than stay stuck in the same place and just keep spinning your wheels time after time. Now I know making changes in your life can feel scary as hell, but change really isn’t the worst thing in the world. Embrace change so you can move forward and create a better life or situation. When you let go of things that don’t serve you like unhealthy food, too much sugar or maybe even alcohol or drugs, everything can change for you and new doors, situations and opportunities will be brought and opened up to you. That’s how the Universe works. If you are willing to show up for yourself and create positive changes the Universe will show up for you too! It’s amazing really!!  So let’s get started on some helpful tips that have helped me start to create and stick to some healthy habits, shall we?

My first step is get very clear about something you want to change in your life and what the solution would be.

I will use myself as an example; I needed to lose 20 pounds.  I did my research and decided on how I was going to make this happen and I chose to eliminate sugar in all forms from my diet. I also chose some daily supplements that would help my body with digestion, fat burning, etc.

My second step is create a daily action plan so that you will be organized and stay on track with your new healthy habit.

I highly recommend creating a daily journal to keep notes for your Grocery list, meal planning and to write down what you are  actually eating and drinking every day. This again is just an example because my healthy habit has to do with eliminating sugar out of my diet and my goal is to lose 20 pounds. If your habit is something like quitting smoking, you can track that as well through an app or writing in a journal.  Also just taking the time to write how you are feeling as you are moving through this process will help you.

My third step is holding yourself accountable.

So you made a commitment, you really want it and now it”s time to stick with it! Sounds easier said than done for most of us, right!  This is when having an accountability partner or a coach perhaps will help you stay on track. I also recommend writing everything down such as a meal plan or diet, so that you can see where your challenges or setbacks  are made and you can stay focused on moving towards your healthy habit. Now not every healthy habit you take on will just happen seamlessly or easily, so don’t beat yourself up if you happen to screw up that day. Just acknowledge it, Say to yourself, “I love and except myself and I am on my way to creating a healthy habit” and keep moving forward!

My fourth step is stick with it!

Statistics show that to actually create a healthy habit that sticks you must do it for a minimum of 21 days or more. Try doing 28 days and after that it should be smooth sailing. I can guarantee you whatever healthy habit you choose if you stick to it and take the time to implement these steps on a daily basis you will feel better and it will just become a part of your daily routine.

Oh and by the way….. The healthy habit I’m currently working on (cutting all sugar out my diet) is going great! I am now on day 10, lost 10 pounds and I feel and look better already!

Hope this article helps you on your journey to create more healthy habits in your life and you can always get more one on one guidance when you work with me privately to create a first class life you love with a healthy body and mind at http://healthydivagirl.com or email me at melissa@healthydivagirl.com.

10 Steps To Feel More Beautiful Inside and Out For 2014

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(STEP 1) GET UP EARLY: They say the early bird gets the worm and they weren’t kidding! Take time to enjoy your morning before your hectic day starts. Rushing around and worrying about getting everything done BEFORE you get to work causes unneeded stress! Cortisol is produced when you are feeling anxious or stressed, which can be very unhealthy to the body. To read more on Cortisol http://cortisol.com/quick-tips-on-how-to-start-dealing–stress/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortisol

( STEP 2) MEDITATE : I can’t emphasize how doing one thing, twice a day will change your life! Get still, go within, and the outcome of your life and the people around you will change for the better! It’s a scientific fact that doing Transcendental Meditation (TM) releases stress, anxiety, and helps you noticeably get more focused. TM also promotes better sleep and numerous other proven health benefits. You can check it out here http://www.tm.org/meditation-boston/
http://www.tm-women.org/

(STEP 3) START A DAILY JOURNAL: Write down your thoughts and activities twice a day. After your morning meditation set your intentions and write them down. Always end your day with journaling and write about how the day went, what you did, and how it made you feel. This is a digital journal you can try: https://penzu.com

(STEP 4) BE GRATEFUL TODAY: You must truly love where you are in the now and be thankful in the present moment for what you do have. More abundance will show up when you have gratitude for all things in your world.

(STEP 5) SET YOUR GOALS AND INTENTIONS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD AND GET AS CLEAR AS YOU CAN: Putting your thoughts and affirmations down on paper is the first step to achieving what you want out of life! Don’t procrastinate. Take action steps today for a brighter future and a more beautiful you!

(STEP 6) DID YOU MAKE A NEW YEARS RESOLUTION? There’s always something we can improve on. Working on our challenges and improving a skill or making the effort to change a bad habit will inevitably make you a happier, healthier person and more beautiful inside and out!

(STEP 7) EXERCISE : Release endorphins, be active, it creates a natural high! Anything you love can be your new exercise routine including; yoga, running, dancing or even a long walk. “Keep on moving” is the mantra of the ultra successful. Always remember the people around you mirror the way you feel and your actions. When you look and feel your best it’s always going to make you feel more beautiful!

(STEP 8) JUICING: Drink juice with fresh fruit and fresh leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach at least once a day. Get a juicer this year, it could be one of the best investments you make for your health. Studies have shown the average American diet consumes too many non-nutrient foods and harmful chemicals which are in most non-organic diets and the processed foods that we eat daily. Furthermore, juicing will strengthen your immune system and rid your body of the harmful toxins that lead to cancer and other auto immune diseases. Check out someone who could really show you what juicing did for him and others at: http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/

You will be amazed how your skin will glow and your insides will be feeling better too! Did I mention you can lose weight too? Now that’s beautiful!

(STEP 9) POSITIVITY: Think positive thoughts and keep a smile on your face even through the difficult moments. A smile can go a long way! It will also make you feel more beautiful inside and out. What you project on the outside is also contagious and that is beautiful!

( STEP 10) DAILY SKINCARE RITUAL: Wether your a teen dealing with acne or a 40 year old with concerns of anti-aging, it’s never too early or too late to get on a skincare program that works for your personal skin-type and concerns. Always start with a gentle cleanser, exfoliate, moisturize and protect with an SPF during the day. Never forget your eyes and always use an eye cream! The signs of aging will always show first around the eyes. Remember your eyes are the window to your soul, so pay close attention to them. Ladies always wash your makeup off at night before you go to sleep and repeat your skincare ritual minus the SPF at nighttime. Use an intensive night time cream while your skin is replenishing itself as you sleep. Your skin will look amazing when you wake up and that’s beautiful!

Since sleep and water are basic necessities of life, here’s a few important facts worth doing every day to be your most beautiful self.

DRINK ENOUGH WATER: The body needs proper hydration that only H2O can provide. Drink at least 80-100 ounces a day and your body and skin will thank you! Go here for all the reasons you should drink more water
http://healthcave.com/17-health-benefits-of-drinking-water/

SLEEP: Getting the proper amount of sleep every night will make you look and feel your very best throughout the day. The most beneficial hours of sleeping are between 11:00 pm and 3:00 am when your body is working hard to replenish the body and recover from the daily stresses and toxins we are all exposed to. Try to get at least 6-7 hours of sleep every night. If you feel tired because you didn’t get a good nights rest, trust me it shows on your face and that’s not beautiful!

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