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Lifestyle Challenge

Updated on July 19, 2016

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A healthy lifestyle not only impacts you, but those around you. Living unhealthily can make you feel negative about yourself and you may project that outwardly on to others. There is no wrong or right way to live, but I want to encourage others to live better one change at a time.

Health cannot always be determined by a scale, whether a standard bathroom scale or sometimes even BMI. One of the first things that I would encourage you to do is to stop looking at the scale. Put it away. Weight is a unit based on gravity, not on body mass due to composition (muscle, fat, etc) and be misleading when trying to lose fat or gain muscle. Muscle is more dense than fat and therefore 'weighs' more, but if you are trying to gain muscle and lose fat, it is hard to determine how well it is going by weighing on a scale.

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Make Time

Life always gets the best of us and leaves us little time for planning or activities. One of the first things I would like to focus on is making time. I know how hard it is considering I'm a student working 20 hours a week sometimes more and spending 8-12 hours a day (sometimes weekends) just at school doing research or writing.

Whether you work morning, day or night or go to school, start waking up early. Maybe only 30 minutes or so. Give yourself time to yourself. Think of it as relaxing time. Use this time to think about goals you may have at work, home, school, paying down debt, or whatever it maybe. Focus on considering the paths to get to the goal. What is required? More dedication? Time? Outside help? What are the possible solutions?

Don't see this as stressing yourself, focus on making it easier and planning it out. Everything you do should have some sort of plan, whether written or mentally noted.

This may seem irrelevant, but actually stressing over projects or issues causes prolonged stress and increase in cortisol levels. Cortisol increase tend to cause increases in weight and therefore more stress and the cycle continues. It also makes you more prone to illness.

What is your main stress concern?

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Next Time

Every week I will try to post a few changes to make to your lifestyle. I will be following along with these as well, as I am learning new things everyday to try. Most things will be simple and not time consuming, since no one needs more stress in their life.

Reference Texts

http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/2011/02/the-physiology-of-stress-cortisol-and-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis/#.V47kTOiANBc


Moyer AE1, Rodin J, Grilo CM, Cummings N, Larson LM, Rebuffé-Scrive M.. Stress-induced cortisol response and fat distribution in women. Psychosom Med. 2011. 72(4): 357–364.

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