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Finding a Healthier Lifestyle – Committing to Change

Healthier Lifestyle

Healthier Lifestyle

Everyone wants to live a healthier lifestyle and everyone wants to look better in their swimsuit. However, many people don’t know where to begin or what questions to ask.

Six months ago I was in that very position with not a clue as to what I should do to lose weight. Today I have lost 40 pounds working out only five hours of every week and the weight is still going down, despite the fact that my occupation as a student and web developer is largely sedentary.

I am eating healthier, I look great, I am much stronger, and I am in better shape now than when I played football in high school.

Here are the steps I took to begin rebuilding my lifestyle:

After honest introspection I found the causes of my problems. The thing is, these patterns of self behavior all boil down to a few simple causes:

So take the first step, take a moment to think about your daily routines and identify some of your habits and behaviors that create problems for your self image. Make a list of your bad habits or even the pressures that force you into those habits. This will help you identify which areas of your lifestyle need to change.

Here is my list, which I keep on my cellphone so I can look at it whenever I think I may waiver:

I highly recommend that you make a list like this yourself and keep it with you. Reading these words has helped me through many times when I felt like giving up. Make your own list, and read it when hard times arrive.

While most of your friends and family will likely be supportive, you have to rely on your inner strength and resolve to work through something as drastic as a lifestyle change. So you have to do two things:


By no means should you ignore your friends or family, but you need to remember that what you want and what you think matters more than what anyone else thinks of you. YOU are the only one who has the power to change yourself. You have to motivate yourself to stay involved.

Now you have the moral foundation you’ll need for the long road ahead by identifying the pressures that produced your current lifestyle, you’ve recognized that you have the power to choose not to be affected by those pressures. You’ve made your list of resolutions and commitments, and you’ve chosen to rely on yourself to get through the changes. You are ready to take the first step in a long journey towards self improvement.

Next week we’ll discuss making the first cuts: initial diet, daily routine, and exercise improvements.

This post’s author is Aaronontheweb and he blogs about ASP.NET, Web 2.0 Development, Online Marketing, and Online Business at AjaxNinja. His most recent article is Blogging for Business: Blogs are not just a fad.

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