2 Weeks to Health 1st Ed – Day 14: Permanently Changing Your Lifestyle

This is day 14 of the first edition of the book 2 Weeks to Health, a 2-week course designed to kick start a healthier life. The expanded and reworked second edition is set to be released in the summer of 2018.

“The body is a mirror of how we live our lives.” – Lisa Rankin, MD

The road to health is not a sprint. It is not a secret diet nor a special workout, it is a marathon. You need to plan on this lasting the rest of your life, because as soon as you stop caring about your health, your health will degrade. That is why it is important to make everything you have learned in this two week course a lifestyle.

That means you will need to sacrifice some of your sedentary hobbies, like watching hours of TV per day, and adopt challenging habits, like maybe waking up before the sun rises to sneak in a run. When you go to the gym you will often see the same healthy people there every time you go, and you will soon learn that they are healthy because they are always there. Those people make working out and eating healthy a hobby and a part of their existence, it’s just who they are, and the best part is they enjoy doing it. If you keep up your momentum and stay mentally strong, soon you will realize that everything you are doing no longer becomes a temporary fix to improve your heath, but a permanent change that helps define who you are. Health isn’t just a byproduct of exercising, it is a lifestyle that millions of people have decided to adopt.

As you continue your path to better health, periodically ask yourself “is my diet and exercise program working for me.” If not, then revisit the foods you are eating and your exercise routine. Try new foods and workouts until you find something that you enjoy and gives you the results you are looking for.

I have a secret for you, there is no secret to living a healthier life. If you follow what this course suggests, take it to heart, and start applying it to your life, then you will be on a path to a healthier life. But, your learning isn’t over. Always seek new knowledge for how to live healthier, especially healthy recipes because we all love food. All I want from you now is to keep setting goals and reaching them, continually creating a healthier version of yourself.

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Quote of the Week – Dec 19

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it” -Art Williams

Whether you’re doing the 2 Weeks to Health Challenge or your own steps to become a healthier individual, set your goals knowing it’s not going to be easy. Along the way you will encounter sweat, tears, and often a lack of motivation. You must push through because health goals are worth it in the end. There’s no better feeling that hitting that first weight milestone, running your fastest mile time, or increasing your weight on the bench press. But in order to reach that feeling it won’t be easy. Push on, work hard, and stay motivated. It’s going to be worth it.

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Quote of the Week – 12 Dec

“Don’t stop when it hurts, stop when you’re done!” – Anonymous

We will all have those workouts where we get 3/4 of the way through and our lungs are burning, we can’t talk without gasping for air, and our muscles want to quit. Even when it hurts, it’s important to remember that you will get the most out of your workout if you push through and finish what you started. Your body might tell you no, but your mind is more powerful that your body. Go in with the mindset that it will be challenging, and that you will conquer the challenge, regardless of the efforts it takes. Then when you’re done, you will know you are in full control of your mind and body.

Do you have a favorite quote? Send it to 2weekstohealth@gmail.com and we will feature you in one of the upcoming weeks!

 

Quote of the Week – 21 Nov

“Sometimes you have to dive in head first” – Admiral McRaven

Although I’m sure a lot of people have said this before, to me it is most memorable coming from Admiral William McRaven, Navy SEAL, in his UT commencement speech. With regards to health, fitness, and weight loss, so many people don’t know where to start, so they never do. They spend so much time trying to find the best diet plans and exercises that they never begin to achieve their health goals. To live a healthy life you do need to learn some basic skills such as how to prepare healthy food and keep good form on workouts, but these will be learned over time. If you are just starting out, I believe it is most important to dive head first into the deep end and begin exercising using your current skills. Get your workouts in, and learn as you go. Never procrastinate and keep the momentum up.