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TIDINGS THAT INSPIRE When Healthy Habits Come And Go... By Jennifer Mwangangi-Ayoti H ave you ever started a healthy habit only to find yourself off track a few days or months later…? Willpower…? No, my friend it’s not about willpower, it’s about creating healthy habits with the right tools; simple and effective tools. We have two categories of people when it comes to creating healthy habits. The first category of people don’t know where to start. They lack clarity on what they want in terms of better health. The second category of people know exactly what they want. They have clear health goals that include practices that they should adopt to accomplish these goals. They cannot wait to start this journey that promises and guarantees heightened and sustained levels of energy. Most of us fall into this category. The challenge comes when we start on a high only to find ourselves off track and even more frustrated after a while. When we commit to eating more veggies, jogging, going to the gym, rope skipping, pilates, yoga, meditating etc; We get so excited and thrilled about this new routine for a month or two before the unthinkable happens! We get so excited and thrilled about this new routine for a while before the unthinkable hap- pens! The momentum slows, it’s not fun any- more, and we can’t keep up! We start being so hard on ourselves for not following through. We feel like we didn’t commit enough. Some feel like they didn’t work hard enough or push harder. We totally forget that this is not about willpower; it’s not our fault. No, it’s not. We just need the correct tools to keep up the mo- mentum and support those wonderful healthy habits. The momentum slows, it’s not fun anymore, and we can’t keep up! We start being so hard on ourselves for not following through. We feel like we didn’t commit enough. Some feel like they didn’t work hard enough or push harder. We totally forget that this is not about willpower; it’s not our fault. No, it’s not. We just need the correct tools to keep up the momentum and support those wonderful healthy habits. Here are my three simple and effective tips to make those amazing habits stick; making it a lifestyle. Belief Do you believe you deserve great health? Do you believe you are worth that goal you have written down? We sometimes have limiting beliefs drawn from the past. You have probably failed at this before and are afraid you will fail again. So, I have a question for you? Will you choose love over fear? Will you choose to Love your body and participate in your wellbeing? It’s a choice you must make. Please say YES to abundance, to energy, to vitality. Why? Because you deserve it; it’s your birthright my friend and you must believe in it. Your conviction in this matter matters. Create Your WHY. Why are you creating these healthy habits? 88 MAL25/18 ISSUE