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Crisscross Your Way To A Better Life

Finding the Unexpected Connections of a Healthy Lifestyle

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When any part of your life changes – when new habits spring up – the Crisscross Effect takes over. Sometimes, the Crisscross is obvious and direct. Other times it’s more subtle.
 
When you learn goal-setting skills by trying to eat more veggies, and then start using those skills at work, you’re seeing the Crisscross Effect.
 
When your sleep habits make it easier to get up in the morning
in time for a strong breakfast, you’re seeing the Crisscross Effect.
 
When your success inspires a friend to start his/her own program, you’re seeing the Crisscross Effect.
 
The magic of the whole thing is not that parts of your life are linked. The real benefit is how you can use that link to your advantage. Nutrition and Exercise are still extremely important and should be a big part of any Fitness program. But with the Crisscross Effect, you can also use other building blocks to speed you on the way to weight loss.

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As a writer and artist, Mike has witnessed countless motivational stories and techniques. See all of Mike's articles.

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  • This is so true! I think it work in revere as well. You may not be ready to tackle your health head on, but you begin to organize your home and your life, which frees up time to spend on yourself. In my case, the crisscross effect has changed my life as I have begun to notice all the ways in which my life and health are improving. - 9/13/2014 9:57:57 PM
  • Didn't realize this effect had a name. Just had a conversation this morning with my fitness buddy about this very thing!

    Sufficient sleep and proper hydration have no doubt boosted my progress. It also appears that my choices have impacted others' choices. - 7/2/2014 5:46:58 PM
  • I have read this twice in December, searching my life for the crisscross options. It is helpful for me to recognize life's overlaps. - 12/26/2013 11:21:13 PM
  • Excellent article! - 6/7/2013 1:03:23 AM
  • CLARAELIZABETH1
    I wish I could think up stuff like this -- it's really simple, but I've never looked at it this way! - 3/18/2013 5:07:59 PM
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this article! There should be a like button the articles so that we can send/spread the word through facebook and twitter! I know there are for other features with sparkpeople but i've not seen it for the articles. - 10/10/2012 5:28:38 PM
  • I loved this article and came back to re-read it today. Every 4 weeks in my Journal I write "Criss-Cross Effect" and note all of the positive changes that I have noticed - besides losing weight. For example, this weekend after Week 24, I noted that housework is much easier and I seem to just zip through it, where 6 months ago I thought maybe I needed to hire it out! I also noted that I was joining in P.E. games with my students - played Ultimate Frisbee yesterday! What a great way to model the pleasure of physical activity for kids! - 10/7/2012 3:44:46 PM
  • STACYZZ
    great article, never made the connection between enough sleep and better health habits. - 9/24/2012 12:37:58 PM
  • great leaned a lot and its also a good reminder how everything is linked together and shows us losing weight is a diet but a way of living a healthy life style - 9/23/2012 2:49:49 PM
  • Thanks for giving this a name! I have noticed it ... and love it ... but had not labeled it. Each little change makes other changes easier and more exciting ... it's like "getting more bang for your buck!"

    - 5/20/2012 10:28:59 PM
  • Such a HUGE part of the whole journey. And SO often forgotten.

    Thanks for this!!

    - 5/20/2012 9:58:24 PM
  • I've been living--and loving--this since beginning Spark last July. Thank you, Spark! - 5/20/2012 7:09:28 PM
  • I found the print button!
    YAY!!!! - 5/20/2012 4:51:43 PM
  • What happened to the "print?" I keep a scrapbook of articles I love...and lately...the print to pdf is gone! Very sad. - 5/20/2012 4:50:38 PM
  • LITTLETINYFISH7
    Love this article ... something I knew but had forgotten about ... I have recently revamped my entire outlook and plan for a healthy lifestyle, including positive motivation spinning classes, and I noticed the difference in the first week! will be saving this one for future reminder of what this really is all about!! - 5/20/2012 1:10:21 PM

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