A couple of weeks ago, Hello, Flecks! put a survey out to all the readers & fans of this blog asking for feedback and concerns with your own health and wellness journeys. (There’s always time to go fill it out at the link here, we love to get your input!)
Firstly, Thank You All so much for the feedback! You are helping us make a better site, one that can help you achieve success and feel great!
Here’s what we heard on a couple particular questions:
What’s the vision of your perfect health?
Many of you said that just eating regular and healthy, unprocessed foods is part of the vision of your perfect health. Staying away from processed foods and bringing your connection back to mother nature’s gifts is a huge step in itself.
We couldn’t agree more, and we want to help.
It’s important to understand that this may not happen overnight, but it does happen with small steps.
Kristin and I have been on our own health journeys for a long time now. It started many years ago with simply adding frozen veggies to the grocery cart along with the frozen pizza. We started spending more time in the health foods section, even if we didn’t get anything. We scoped out the produce section rather than passing it right by, like I used to.
We didn’t always know what worked for us, but we began with a small task we could accomplish, like finishing a bag of veggies in a week.
As with exercise, you can not jump right into buying all Organic produce & no snacks and expect to succeed. You will burn out. Big audacious goals often take a while to build up to.
in particular for the last several months. If you check out our Instagram you’ll see we’ve been cooking up our meals for the week on #MealPrepSunday.
Sunday is now a day that reminds us of the great and healthy week we’ll be having, which puts us in the right frame of mind for the week.
We realize that healthy living includes things that don’t always come naturally for most people.
These are foundation items that can take a while to set in place.
One small successful step is way better than a failed leap.
The biggest hurdles to your success in health?
We heard this one loud and clear: Time and Motivation
That is something I think everyone struggles with. I’m always pressed for time and I, too, find it hard to get out there and get the workouts in.
While I don’t have a magic wand that can give you more time, I will say that consistency is what has helped me in the past.
To begin, figure out where you have no more than 15 minutes in your day, every day. By starting off with an easily repeatable task, this will build into a habit in about 3 weeks.
Kristin has been doing this with running 5 minutes a day. Yes, five minutes. Some may say that five minutes is not enough time to run, I say that is 5 minutes more than if she didn’t set aside that time each evening. She’s now going beyond the five minutes and is almost up to a whole mile of straight running. I couldn’t be more proud of her.
If you have children, include them in this activity, Please! I was not introduced to exercise beyond playing outside as a child, and I wish I had been. This is a great opportunity for parents to teach children about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle because children mimic their parents.
If you are demonstrating that healthy food and exercise is important, just imagine how that’s going to set them up for success in a world that is increasingly making processed foods the norm.
As for the motivation, know that it has to come from within. I can’t get you out there to work out or get you to drop the unhealthy habits, but I can try.
Begin to surround yourself with success stories. Check out how others have succeeded in ways that you’d like to, and use their success as a catalyst for your own success.
Just like it does for Kristin and I, motivation must come from within. You can’t do it for your spouse, or your kids, or your friends. You must change for you.
Something tells me that there is some reason for you to want to be healthier. Figure out what that thing is, and focus on it.
I hope you enjoyed the survey as much as we did with the responses. This was great knowledge for us, and so I’m very excited to be doing this again soon!