Guest Blogger

We all have unique stories to tell about our lives. The majority of these revolve around the things we deem most important: family, friends, health, happiness, spirituality, career, etc.

If someone asked you to write a story about your health, what would you say? If you’re like most people, you’d probably classify yourself as “pretty healthy.” In fact, according to the 2012 Food & Health Survey, 91 percent of folks rated their health as “good,” “very good,” or “excellent.”story-of-your-health

But the health statistics tell another story. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 31 percent of all adults have hypertension; 8 percent have diabetes; and 36 percent are obese.

Clearly there’s a disconnect here. Taking an honest look at yourself is hard. But for a lot of us, it’s necessary.

Here are five steps you can take to re-write the story of your health starting right now:

1. Write down your goals. Goals hold you accountable and give you something to measure your progress against. Start with the big picture. What are your health goals for 5 years from today? 3 years? 1 year? Then take your big picture goals and break them down. If you want to lose 20 pounds this year, it means you need to average a little under 2 pounds of weight loss a month, or half a pound a week. Keeping a daily/weekly planner and set new health goals every day. It only takes a minute, and it’s incredibly effective.

2. Start small. Getting healthy is a marathon, not a race. If you try to take on too much at once, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Commit to just a couple simple changes each week when starting out. For example, eat a healthy breakfast every day … take a 15-minute walk … skip dessert … you get the idea.

3. Reward yourself. Living a healthy lifestyle is about balance. It doesn’t mean you’ll never eat pizza again. In fact, you should reward yourself with a piece of pizza or two every once in a while. If you have a great week of exercising and eating healthy, then don’t feel bad about eating that dessert. Just make sure you’re ready to burn off those calories the next day.

4. Find a support network. Friends and family are our “rocks”. We lean on them when times get tough. This is no different for your health. Pick out a few of your friends who have been successful at leading a healthy lifestyles, and lean on them for support, guidance, and motivation.

The great thing about life is that every day … every minute … every second is a fresh start. Don’t look back on the things you did or didn’t do in the past. It doesn’t matter. Remember this: yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, and today is a gift.

So take control of your health starting today. Because after all, we all like a story with a happy ending.

Grab Scott Christ’s free eBook The Ultimate Healthy Eating Roadmap and learn more about how to live a healthy, “real food” lifestyle.

– Scott Christ, Owner, The Healthy Eating Guide