We have a problem.
2018 is just around the corner and I know many of you are already starting to set those New Year Resolutions.
- Exercise more
- Lose weight
- Eat healthier
- Take a more active approach to health
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Spend more time on personal well being
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Drink less alcohol
- Stop smoking
Now ask yourself, and be completely honest, will you actually accomplish these new goals in 2018? Or, will you fall off after just two weeks like many of us have done in the past?
Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones of Happiness”, says that people only have so much willpower to force themselves into a new habit. And for most of us, that willpower doesn’t last long. However, he states that if you can set up your social, work, and home environment in a way that promotes developing a healthy routine, you can be successful in the long term.
Dan states that the happiest people in the world live in environments that promote the type of lifestyle they want to live. Now, many of us can’t control where we live, or who we live or work with, but we can control the environment that we live in.
Bringing us to our topic of the day.
Turning Your Home Into a Temple of Health and Productivity
We have two main points to cover. If you can find the strength to tackle these two tasks before 2017 is over, you will be successful in 2018. That is a FACT!
Let’s get started….
First, Turn Your House into a Temple of Health!
What does that mean?
GET THE JUNK FOOD OUT!!!
Motiv8ers, your home should be the one place that you are not tempted to eat the bad foods that you are addicted to. I hear this so often from so many of you, “I just can’t kick my cookie, chip, or candy addiction.” Why is that? Because these foods are right in front of you every day.
Think about yourself in your home. This is where you relax, watch movies, spend time with family, and possibly even work. What do we love to do when we are relaxing or focusing?
We love to have a great meal or snack when we are working, relaxing, or spending time with family. Do you really think you will be able to resist that bag of chips or chocolate bar and go for the bag of carrots instead if both where sitting on your kitchen counter? No way!
In order for you to be successful with your 2018 diet goals and start seeing that health and weight loss you are looking for, your home has to promote the new lifestyle that you want to adopt.
So throw out the junk!
If it isn’t around, you won’t want it. Out of sight, out of mind! I know this might be hard to do but it is a step that has to be done. If you want your health to improve, you have to make the bad food hard to get and the healthy food easy to get.
Do not allow the junk food to enter your temple of health!
Instead of stocking up on junk food, stock up on healthy food like this:
If your home only has the foods above, what do you think you will snack on? Probably strawberries and blueberries. You wouldn’t even be thinking about chips. Can you get fat eating fruit and vegetables? I would like to see you try! =)
Am I saying you should stop eating the foods you love? No way. I am saying to put these junk foods into a category called “my special occasion foods.” Alicia, my fiance, and I still enjoy ice cream or cookies, vegan of course. But when we want these foods we make an effort to go out and either make it a date night or for some special reason or event. We never have these types of food stocked up in our apartment. At home, our snack foods are carrots, dates, oats, celery, or bananas.
Crew, take this step. This is a huge one for your success.
Second, Declutter Your Home!
Have you ever heard of Feng Shui? Feng Shui is the practice of arranging your home in a way that promotes the most positive and happiest energy. Having a lot of stuff in your home that you don’t use and is just taking up space could be having a negative effect on your life and energy. There is a documentary on Netflix called the Minimalists and they state that the less you have, the happier you will be. The more you have, the more you will feel tired, overwhelmed and stressed. Getting rid of stuff that you are attached to can be hard, but once it is out you will start to feel more free. Trust me, I sure have. Let’s take a lesson from the minimalists.
Be open to this statement: If you haven’t thought of it, used it, or touched it in the past 6 months, minus cold weather clothes, then it needs to go! WOW! “You mean you want me to get rid of my old high school clothes, or my old college books, or all my old childhood stuff that I love?” Yup! Get it out!
To give you an example!
Get rid of the stuff you haven’t looked at in years. It is only making you more stressed and unproductive. It will be hard to let go of the objects that you have attached memories to, but you will be thankful you did.
Motiv8ers, over the past few weeks I have been asking many of my clients how their diets are going. All I can say is that they really need to take action on the two steps above.
If you want to be happier and healthier, your home needs to promote that lifestyle. Start now before 2017 is over and start a whole new you in 2018!
Motiv8ers if you would like to check out Dan Buettner’s Book The ‘Blue Zones of Happiness’ then click here. Promise you will love the tips and advice that he gives.
Motiv8ers Stay EPIC and Don’t Forget to Be AWESOME!
Coach Ty Out!