I got a bunch of this information from self help books, I will be doing full reviews of them but I want to pass along the information that each one seems to bash into my head repeatedly, which is the subject of today’s blog.

As I am writing this I realize that while talking a lot about healthy eating, meditation, exercise and proper stretching I didn’t point out a key thing one could work on; their habits. At the end of the day this is what will dictate whether you stick to whatever program you are trying to yield results from. Many people have problems sticking to certain things because they don’t yield quick results. There are a few who just don’t feel like it, even though the result is something more healthy than what they are working with.

When you are working out or intending to go to the gym, its important to get at least something done. If you just walk in and think to yourself “Not today” and turn right back out the door you will have wasted the effort of going to the gym/yoga studio/cross fit/whatever and valuable time. If you focus on getting just a few reps in even if you just do something for 10 minutes, 5 minutes, 2 minutes who cares just keep on moving. I know the struggle, I have not always been motivated to hit the gym. AND I have gone to the gym then stopped going multiple times while still paying for said gym. Knowing that you are also wasting resources while avoiding basic human maintenance is a double whammy.

This goes double for eating better foods. You will be able to break habits of eating garbage every day if you slowly weed out the bad stuff. I am no super hero, at the end of 2017 I was still eating Taco Bell by the pounds. If when you eat food that is your vice, you can can put basic effort forth to look for something to substitute it with if you put in the mild amount of effort required to maintain it. I was able to switch one vice for another while eating low sugar and processed grains. Chicken wings were my go to. Those still aren’t the healthiest foods in the world, but let me tell you, the amount of inflammation that was plaguing me got cut in half when I stopped eating high sugar and grains in my diet. This is what worked for me, it doesn’t work for everybody but it gave me a little boost. I didn’t think it would work either because I know chicken wings to be high in calories but it turns out the calorie content isn’t what was affecting me. I can go into further detail later about why, but this article is about maintaining habits.

At the end of the day, just show up. Do One or two minutes worth each day, if you can put aside just a little bit of time to get some basic repetitions in, change a little food here or there you will start seeing results and you will make decisions that dictate your good habits if you do it consistently. It will eventually be effortless.

Thanks for playing

-KG(Schwartz)