Starting From Zero

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Not a New Year’s Resolution

A Methodical, Measured Approach

  • Identify Your Why — You’ve got to be strongly motivated toward transformation in order to succeed. This means naming your reason(s) for embarking on the endeavor in the first place. If your “why” isn’t compelling, you’ll never follow through. When it comes to health, my motivation is simple: I don’t want to spend the last third of my (unnecessarily short) life sick and unable to enjoy all life has to offer. I want to live life vibrantly, for as long as I possibly can.
  • Start Small — Resolutions don’t work, remember? So you’ve got to start small. Choose one or two tiny, positive changes you can stick with, and give them all your attention for two or three weeks.
  • Progress Slowly — When you’ve mastered those first two changes, add one more. A month later, take another step forward. Pretty soon, those first healthy habits that seemed so tough to stick with will just be part of your life.
  • Expect Setbacks — Progress is never linear for anyone, so why should you be any different? Your willpower will fail. You’ll get sick or injured or have to deal with a family crisis. You might feel like you’re back at square one. This will be incredibly discouraging, but know that it’s normal. By expecting trouble from the outset, you’ll be better equipped to deal with it.
  • Don’t Give Up — When your progress does halt or reverse, cry for a minute, then get up and start again. The only way we ever get anywhere is by getting up and moving. When you’re thinking about giving up, go back to the top of the list and remind yourself why you’re doing this.

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Longtime fitness professional writing about science, wellness, gardening, life.

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