December 31, 2003
Keep records: For at least three days, keep a detailed record of situations, moods or triggers that lead to unhealthy behaviors. If overeating is your concern, do you indulge when you are bored, frustrated or stressed? Also record healthy behaviors such as walking, gardening or shoveling snow.
Analyze the records: Look for patterns and opportunities. For example, is wine your remedy for stress? Try to identify relaxing behaviors to replace alcohol.
Take little steps: Set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable and flexible. Aim for small steps that get you closer to your ultimate goal.
Reward yourself: Give yourself rewards such as seeing a movie or paying yourself money each time you reach a health goal.
Long-term change: Every few months, review your habits, assess your progress and begin a new record. List possible solutions to use with behavior problems. Write down the benefits of change. Ask for support from friends and family.
Adopting a new, healthy lifestyle is challenging and it takes work. But with small changes, you can succeed.
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