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Overcoming Obstacles to Improve Your Lifestyle

Discover the keys to a better life by conquering obstacles. Transform challenges into opportunities for personal growth.

Think back to the start of the year. Remember your NYE resolutions? Now that the months have ticked by at seemingly record speed, where are you tracking on reaching your goals? If you have slipped… never fear! We are here to revive your resolution with the following tips to help you overcome the obstacles to improving your lifestyle.

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Overcoming Obstacles to Improve Your Lifestyle–Through Resolutions

Resistance training

Switching up your workout is key to keeping your body performing optimally, and it can really give you a fresh lease when you feel like you’ve hit a wall.

Using a powerband to perform resistance training is a versatile way to increase your flexibility, muscle density, and overall fitness (without putting yourself at an increased risk of fatigue or injury).

Another great benefit is that you will work muscles you may not even know you had.

This gives you that enviably toned appearance that will make you look and feel great…doing wonders to replenish your self-esteem and overall sense of well-being!

This is great to start to put you back on track for achieving those milestones that you set at the start of the year.

According to Better Health, a major part of the battle is psychological, so taking that first sustainable step back to a new and healthy you is what it is all about!

Controlled food portions

It’s common to feel guilty about overindulging (sometimes, this can happen without you even realizing it).

Social events and holidays can take you off the path of clean eating and are likely to compound.

One after the other in a succession of ‘just this once’ can quickly turn into needing to buy a new pair of jeans in the next size up!

According to Psychology Today, It’s important to remember to stop beating yourself up about where you are currently.

Studies have shown that there is a negative link between self-criticism and goal progress.

Don’t frown at yourself in the mirror.

Instead, focus on simple ways to make a reasonable amount of progress at your very next opportunity.

So, this means ditch any urge to start a fad diet! The HuffPost suggests you focus on healthy portioned controlled meals that allow you to experience the variety and don’t drastically restrict your choices.

When a diet is just too difficult (or tasteless), this is when you set yourself up for a dangerous scenario that may result in binge eating.

Slow and steady really does win the race when it comes to weight loss!

Fewer toxins

It may be that you started the year with a resolution to quit those poisons that sabotage a healthy, vibrant you.

This may refer to cigarettes, alcohol, greasy takeaway/ processed food, sugary drinks, caffeinated beverages, etc…indeed, any substance that you crave on an addictive level.

While it can be hard (and potentially ill-advised) to go cold turkey, renewing your commitment to managing your intake of these habit-forming chemicals (manifested as stimulants/depressants) is an important step in overcoming some of the biggest obstacles to improving your lifestyle.

Also, per MindBodyGreen, making more informed choices as a consumer being mindful (and taking good care of yourself) is the key to implementing any effective detox plan.

Develop and practice the skills you need to create a life that does not center on addiction.

This may be as simple as switching to decaf.

Or, (instead of tucking into comfort food) find a pleasant activity to enjoy…even if it’s just a stroll in the fresh air.

If your addiction is more complex, don’t be afraid to seek professional help if required, recommends Life Line.

The resolution revival

With the new year now in full swing, now is as good a time as ever to renew your commitment to reaching (and maintaining) your healthy lifestyle goals.

No need to call them resolutions, just commit to a better you.

After all, consistency is everything when it comes to achieving your best results over the long haul.

So, what are you waiting for…why not get started today?

About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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