Article written by: Laura Moncur
It reads: The Healthy Living Cycle: Positive Thinking leads to Feeling Good, which leads to Regular Exercise, which leads to Eating Better, which leads to Positive Thinking.
I love this image because it reminds me of how to get back on track if I am having trouble. I can get back to a healthy life just by jumping into the cycle at any point. I donít need to immediately limit my food choices or pound my body on the treadmill. All I have to do is jump into the cycle.
Letís say my eating has gotten out of control. In order to get it back in check, I could do any of the following things:
Write positive things in my journal
Take a walk around the neighborhood
Lift some weights
Talk to a good friend who makes me feel better about myself
Watch an inspiring movie
If you notice, none of those things involve anything to do with food, but doing enough of them will get my eating back in control.
If Iím just not willing to exercise, I could do any of the following things:
Limit my calories to account for no exercise that day
Change my diet plan to include more filling foods like protein and veggies.
Write in my journal
Meditate on all the good in my life
Call someone who loves me
Read a book that makes me feel better
Whatever your problem is, all you have to do is jump into that cycle at ANY point to solve the problem. So many times, I try to fix my eating by monitoring my eating or limiting my food choices. That actually makes things WORSE for me. Instead, Iím going to focus on other portions of the Healthy Living Cycle and they will lead to better food choices naturally.
The next time you feel discouraged, take a look at this cycle. Find out where you are having troubles and jump into the cycle at a DIFFERENT point to make things better. Youíll find that your problems donít feel like that big of a problem anymore.
Just for kicks:
Reminds me of those things with that ring you held on to with two strings attached and on those strings were two hard plastic balls you would try to get them puppies to knock together up and down. We called them knockers!!!
Happy Monday everyone ~ Donna