52 Weeks, 52 Steps

As I’ve mentioned countless times, I believe in small, lifestyle changes that affect one’s health versus dramatic fad diets, pills, extreme workouts and difficult changes that won’t last because they are difficult and unrealistic.

After all, weight loss is nice, but it ultimately means nothing if it isn’t healthy and/or sustainable. The best changes are the ones we take on slowly, with purpose, and remember to stick to for a lifetime.

So, I’ve decided to challenge everyone who reads my blog to take 52 steps towards health.

52s

How it works:

Each week, I’ll post a new step, the concept/reason behind it, and ways to get started. My challenge for you is to follow through and do it. Some of the steps will be easy things you can revisit every once in awhile, other steps will be actions that I hope you will take with you into your daily lives.

Who can do it?:

Everyone. All of the steps will be manageable for everyone. That said, some might not be relevant for everyone. Obviously you get to decide which ones you do, when, and for how long. I only ask that you consider them, and try the ones that make sense to you (modify them if you’d like to!), and have fun.

The “rules”:

  1. Posts go up on Mondays. I’m going to post each step on Monday morning, rain or shine (hopefully). This will be a challenge for me, but I promise to push myself too.
  2. If you join us somewhere in the middle just take ONE step at a time. Just one. The idea is that the steps be simple changes or tasks that you won’t fail to complete. If you take on too many steps you may just get discouraged and stop trying.
  3. Have fun! If it’s not fun it’s not worth doing.
  4. Modify. If a step doesn’t work for you, modify it to fit your needs. If you try it as written and you fail, figure out why you failed, modify it and try again (or just move on to another step).
  5. Take small steps. The idea here is to incorporate easy changes into your everyday life. You’re not going to become a marathon runner overnight. Start slow with small changes (say 5 minutes of walking a day) and improve over time.
  6. Pick a reminder. You’ll need a reminder to complete your step for the week. After reading each step, choose what your reminder will be: Set a calendar reminder, make a mental note, write it on a sticky pad – whatever works for you.

The Steps (so far):

  1. Clean
  2. Record
  3. Walk
  4. Measure
  5. Try Something New
  6. Get More Sleep
  7. Plan Ahead
  8. Eat More Fruits and Veggies
  9. Help Others
  10. Embrace the Difficult
  11. Make Yourself Proud

Do you have suggestions for a step? Let me know!

If you’d like to your weekly step in your inbox sign up for a subscription to my blog here.

Have questions for me? Leave them in the comments or ask away!

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