with Lisa Farrar, The Plant Based Health Coach

3 Ways to Build More Consistentcy With Your Health Habits

This past weekend, I got to go snow tubing with the hubs and a small group of friends. Considering most of my days are spent in front of a computer or talking with people over the phone (don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love what I do) it was so much fun to let go of to-do’s and enjoy some time out with friends.

Not to mention, doing something I enjoyed so much as a kid. I haven’t been sled riding or tubing in years. Every single time I went flying down that hill on my tube Saturday night, I couldn’t help but giggle with pure joy and excitement.

Here is the Hubs and I on top of the tubing hill...

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This pic isn't the best but you get the idea. :)

Seriously, could not stop giggling! It was so much fun connecting with my inner child.

This experience got me thinking about how important it is for our health and wellbeing to have fun, to relax, and giggle uncontrollably as though we are 5 years old again.

Stepping into Monday, how can we carry this idea of fun, excitement, and “letting go” throughout our hectic week ahead so we can stay healthy and happy?  How can we make this “Leap Year” consistently more healthy?

When I talk to others about their health and wellbeing, one of the number one struggles I hear is that they are struggling with being consistent.  

The funny thing is, our “inner child” could not care less about consistency when it comes to things like:

·         Healthy eating habits

·         Exercise or a workout routine

·         Sleep, getting to bed on time and staying asleep

·         Drinking enough water throughout the day  

Now, if I ask each individual person what consistency means to them, I typically get a different response from each person I ask, “What does consistency mean to you when it comes to your health and wellbeing?”

Take a quick moment to think about what being consistent in your health and wellbeing personally means to you.

Understanding that while consistency can be incredibly important when it comes to reaching your health and wellbeing goals, it’s also equally important to embrace the journey.

Generally speaking, we as humans tend to put ourselves in our own bubbles of comparison. We compare our eating habits to others, our exercise patterns to others, and so on. We also tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do this and do that simply because it works for someone else and if we happen to fall off that pattern, we punish ourselves through negative self talk as if we aren’t good enough.  

We are our own worst critics, am I right?  Does this resonate with you?

Unfortunately, this type of thinking is all too common and where is the fun in that? It’s no wonder that our “inner child or inner self,” if you will, resists staying consistent with our healthy habits.

So how do we make healthy habits “fun” for our inner child so we don’t resist them and can actually maintain some consistency?

1. We get in touch with our passions. Everyone has different passions and if we are following someone else’s passions other than our own, we’re immediately setting ourselves up for failure.  The key here is to be unapologetic about what lights you up when it comes to your health and wellbeing.  What thought or idea makes you giggle? Do you love to dance but are trying to force yourself to run for exercise?  We are all unique in this sense, even when it comes to our health. Don’t force what doesn’t light you up!


2. Stop waiting for every condition under the sun to be perfect. Think back to when you were a kid for a moment. As a child, you most likely got excited to learn something new, right? It’s thrilling to learn about new things, to be able to accomplish something new. However, as adults, we think we have to know it all, be able to do it all, or have everything perfectly in place in order to take any kind of action. That’s simply not true.  A child doesn’t have to think about an outcome in order to start doing and they don’t let setbacks stop them from continuing to take action.

I recently heard a quote that went something along the lines of, “If a child gave up learning to walk just because they fell down 50 times, they would never learn to walk.”  Let that one sink in for a moment.

3. Appreciate the present. Again, all too often we compare ourselves to where someone else is on their journey and all we think about it getting to where that person is instead of appreciating where we are. Appreciation for the present state is the only way to move forward. So you fall of track with your healthy lifestyle habits, so what? Is that a good reason to stay in sabotage mode? No. Have appreciation for the fact that you fell of track for a moment and allow yourself the space to learn and grow from that failure.  You cannot move forward until you appreciate the present.

On that note, because I love inspirational quotes, I’ll leave you with this….

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

 – Maya Angelou

Here's to giggling like a child,
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