Hi Everyone! It’s Angie, coming back to this week to talk more about mindset! Last week we talked about how getting healthy starts on the inside.
It starts with having a opportunistic mindset, one that see’s places in your life where you can insert healthy choices. When you begin to believe you have opportunities to grow and to change, your positive emotions and actions will follow.
Dear friend, can I ask how it is going?
Are you able to be open to the areas of your life where you can start to believe that change is possible? Are you using God’s strength and transformational power to guide you in this change?
It is my prayer that you are not only leaning on God for His strength, but you are also cultivating a belief that change is possible.
This week, we are going to take mindset one step further, to explore how you can take this opportunistic mindset into your daily life.
Every Choice Matters
Yesterday, I was working one-on-one with a mother/daughter team. I absolutely love working with these amazing women. They are so dedicated and committed to making the necessary lifestyle changes needed to accomplish their health goals.
As we were meeting, the mother said something that stopped me in my tracks. She said, “Every choice you make is the change.”
YES, YES, and AMEN!!
I couldn’t have said it any better than this; “Every choice you make is the change.”
Let that sentence sink in for a minute. What is it telling you?
I can tell you what it is not telling you. It is not saying that making a lifestyle change has to happen only on January 1st. And it is not saying that change requires you to be perfect.
What it is saying, is that every choice you make throughout your day presents itself with the opportunity to restart.
Doesn’t that just make you want to exhale, breathing out a sigh of relief while giving thanks? It does for me!
You see, I forget that life is filled with thousands of opportunities each day to hit the restart button.
In other words, I don’t have to be perfect in order to see change happen!
As a recovering perfectionist, I find this extremely comforting. Not only that, but it fills me with hope and confidence.
I no longer need to write off an entire day of eating well on the account of what I had for breakfast. That was merely one meal out of several meals and snacks throughout the day. I have lots more choices to fuel my body with proper nutrition. In fact, a study from Cornell University, found we make 226.7 decisions each day on food alone!
I no longer need to feel guilty for going through the Starbucks drive-through for a tasty and calorie-ridden Mocha. I can replace that guilty feeling with hope as I turn to drinking from my water bottle the rest of the day.
And when life simply gets too busy and crazy for a 30-minute workout, I can use the few minutes I do have to do sit-ups, planks, push-ups, and stretching.
Something is always better than nothing. And every day, we have lots of opportunities to choose well.
How will you go through today choosing well?
Committing to Daily Habits
Changing habits, it seems, is less about what the actual goal you set for yourself, and more about your daily choices around those goals.
Let me give you an example.
If your goal is to lose 20 pounds over three months, your focus should be on the daily activities you need to do in order to accomplish this weight loss goal. Each day, I need to:
- Eat a fruit and vegetable at every meal and snack.
- Do some form of exercise, ideally for 30 minutes.
- Drink half my body weight in water.
- Say ‘no’ to commitments that prevent me from carrying out these daily tasks.
Rather than focusing on the long-term goal, choose to focus on your daily commitments to a healthier you.
Let your mind believe that every choice you make is the opportunity to see the change you wish to see.
Now, this daily focus might seem easy to do when it is written on paper, but from someone who is always working to improve a habit, it is not. Life always seems to get in the way. And my cravings and temptations can reck havoc on my best intentions. For this reason alone, I turn to God, surrendering my weakness over to Him.
Today, I would like to do the same for you.
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to remember that every choice I make today is my opportunity to see change. God, you know my weakness and my habits. Open my eyes and my thoughts to seeing small but significant opportunities to be healthier. And God, when the cravings and temptations come (because I know they will), give me the strength I need to make a positive choice. I surrender this all to you today. Amen.
I love to hear from my readers! If you are seeing transformational shifts in your mindset, let me know! I would love to hear your story!
Praying you through,