It’s 2017. We have turned over another page of a year. How did it go for you this last year? Are you anywhere near where you thought you wanted to be with regards to your body, your health, and your physical fitness?
I’m pretty excited to start this year with you with a bang. I went in search for something that I thought, once again, would make a huge difference for you health seekers. Just ask my husband, Mark. I’m always experimenting with new ways to increase my vitality and stay on top of my game.* Since the state of our health is always work in progress, my philosophy is to leave nothing to chance.
I am recommending to you the book, The One Thing, by Gary Keller. This was the third time in my life I started a book immediately after finishing it through the first time. I am more than recommending this book. I am imploring you to read it IF… there are things in your life you want to accomplish, if you aren’t done growing and serving, and if you want to take your health to the next level.
There is one segment in the book about health, but frankly, I think one could apply 90% of this gem of a book on being productive and purposeful to your body.
So… here’s the great tool I want to pass on to you. It’s so simple, you might say, “Is that all?” Don’t confuse its simplicity for its profoundness.
You will need three things for this to work:
- Written goals, in particular one compelling must-have goal.
- An electronic, or preferably a paper calendar that you can write on.
- A marker with a bright color of your choosing.
Here are the steps:
- Each day you take action on your one goal, draw a big colorful X on that date of the calendar. Let’s say your one splendiferous goal is to get to bed by 10 PM. (You night owls who try to squeak by with a paltry five hours of sleep are saying, “How did you know…?!”)
- Do this for as many days in a row that you can. In the book, the author cited cases of varying numbers of days that make up for a completed, ingrained habit. He comes up with 66 days to make something a permanent feature in your life. Those 21 day programs just don’t cut it.
- Each time you miss a day in this 66 day sequence, start over. And for God’s sake, don’t beat yourself up. Simply restart!
I love how the author described a beautiful, long chain of colorful X’s. Is this that thing that goes around the earth three times? Oh, that’s our large intestine, never mind.
Anyway, try this with things you want to add, or in some cases subtract, from your life. Imagine 66 days of the following:
- Avoiding sugar
- Avoiding tobacco
- Stopping before you are stuffed
- Not snacking
- Avoiding any eating after dinner before you go to bed
- Avoiding junk food
- Adding movement and exercise
- Drinking water instead of diet soda
You get to pick. I join you in making a chain for as many days as you can of these beautiful bright X’s.
I wish you a glorious, energetic, and radiantly healthy 2017 and beyond.
It has been my intense joy sharing these pro-health ideas with you this year. I look forward to many healthy and peaceful years working together.
Peace and love,
*In a recent podcast episode, titled Knock it Off, the Five Rules for Weight Loss and Longevity, I wrote about the science of not snacking. I also address the pros and cons of small meals versus snacking. It’s really something to understand. Since October of this year, so for now more than 66 days, I stopped snacking in the afternoon. Prior to that, I would have some popcorn, or some nuts, or something “snacky.” I did not eat sugary or junky food, but I sure loved my afternoon snack. After I reread Mastering Leptin, by Byron Richards, I just decided to experiment with no snacking. My weight dropped below the weight I love to reach, but it often just a couple of pounds beyond my reach. That’s pretty cool, don’t you think? No dieting, no deprivation, nothing wacky or extreme. Just a couple of months (more than 66 days) of changing one habit, and boy do I love the results. And now I don’t even think of snacking. I changed a habit. Let me know what you come up with. This is exciting to me and I’d be thrilled to learn how you play with this.