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How to Set Healthy Life Goals

Updated on March 21, 2013

2013 has rung in and everyone throughout the United States have already created their annual New Years resolution to become healthy and/or lose weight. Creating a healthy lifestyle for oneself is something to strive for, but the journey is not an easy road to travel on. When trying to adapt to becoming healthy, changing eating habits, and beginning to exercise (all over again this year), one should take small step instead of one giant leap.

Begin a Lifestyle Change

Instead of making vague resolutions in 2013, such as, weight loss, becoming healthy, or exercising, people should make a very specific promises such as replacing one bad habit with one good habit. This way, people will not become discouraged and give up on a resolution they may have that will lead them to a healthier lifestyle, and instead they will feel accomplished and become on step closer to the larger life goal.

  • Start by making a check list of the bad habits that are personally obtained.
  • Then, make a list of all the healthy habits that are desired.
    Begin to replace one bad habit with one good habit.
  • Take one step at a time, do not become discouraged, breathe, and enjoy life!
  • Lifestyle changes take dedication and time to achieve, but it is possible.
  • The only way standing in your way, is you (...you can't blame the Twinkie anymore).

Definition of Bad Habits

A bad habit is a negative behavior pattern.

Definition of Good Habits

A behaviour that is beneficial to one’s physical or mental health, often linked to a high level of discipline and self-control

Replace Processed Sugar with Natural Sugar

It is a good thing the Hostess Company shut down in 2012, because now it will be easier to cut out processed sugar in 2013!

Sugar of all kinds is detrimental to peoples health and weight loss goals, but by beginning to replace all processed sugars with natural sugars, it will trick ones body, mind and cravings into believing you are consuming those sugary and addicting treats, and eventually one will be able to drastically decrease their sugar consumption for a life time.

  • Replace candy bars with fresh fruit.
  • Replace ice cream with Greek yogurt and diced fruit.

Replace Soda with Water

Soda is a terrible beverage choice for many reasons. Soda is extremely high in sugar, and is digested so quickly, it is immediately stored in the body as fat.

Instead of drinking drinks extremely high in sugar, one should be drinking water instead. Drinking water actually promotes weight loss and health as soda reverses it.

Replace an Hour of Sleep with an Hour of Exercise

Start by waking up an hour earlier and beginning the days with light to moderate exercise and/or stretching, or adapt an extra physical activity to your daily routine.

  • Take a light walk.
  • Go for a light jog.
  • Do some yoga.
  • Join a zumba class.
  • Ride a bike.
  • Go to the gym once or twice a week.

Replace the word Diet with Lifestyle Change

Most generally when people think of the word "diet" they believe it to be a temporary state of eating to lose weight.

Therefore, no one should "diet", but every should go through a lifestyle change (and never look back).

Once one stops thinking about or going on a certain "diet" (most generally fad diets), and instead one should change what they are consuming (and adapt to healthy eating for a life time).

Replce Processed Foods with Natural, whole, and raw Foods

  • Processed foods are loaded with artificial preservatives, flavors, and coloring.
  • Processed foods are also loaded with sugar and salt.
  • These types of foods are highly addictive.

Instead of eating prepackaged, and previously cooked dinners, buy whole, raw foods and learn to cook them at home. Whole and raw foods are loaded with natural mineral and vitamins that promote health.

Replace Lunch with Breakfast

One bad habit that most people need to break is skipping breakfast.

Breakfast is essential to healthy living. Breakfast ends the catabolic state that every body goes through during sleep, breaking down necessary muscle and storing fat, and restores the body into its normal anabolic state, building muscle and burning fat.

You do not necessarily need to replace or skip lunch, but breakfast should become an important daily routine in everyones life.

Replace an hour of TV with an hour of Reaserch on Healthy Lifestyles

Instead of watching reality television, soap operas, or TV dramas begin to research weight loss, diet, nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyles.

The first mistake most people make, and why most people fail and are discouraged by weight loss and exercise, is that they are not properly educated.

One must have the proper knowledge before starting a lifestyle change.

Replace a bad habit with a good habit every few months and hopefully by 2014 you will have become one step (or several steps) closer to the healthy lifestyle you have been striving for.

Remember!

  • Nothing is impossible with hard work and dedication!
  • You create your own life and your own future!

Before my lifestyle change, I weighed in at 164 pounds, and I was very self conscious. (August 2011).
Before my lifestyle change, I weighed in at 164 pounds, and I was very self conscious. (August 2011). | Source
After my lifestyle change, I now weigh 124 pounds, and am very confident! (July 2012).
After my lifestyle change, I now weigh 124 pounds, and am very confident! (July 2012). | Source

What are some bad habits you wish to change?

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Camas, WA

      I am planning on doing a complete turn around this year. I went from having 3 cans of soda a day to 1 can of soda a week if I'm lucky. I only drink water now. It was hard but I am definitely seeing a difference already.

      Great hub! Very informative! I rated up and Useful! Keep up the good work!

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