SAY NO TO DIETS AND YES TO LIFESTYLE CHANGES!

Say no to diets and yes to lifestyle changes!

Ever felt like you were totally alone when it comes to getting healthy and hopefully losing some unwanted pounds? Confused about what diet to try next or what new book to buy? Tired of failing? Too discouraged to even try again? This is the right time to make some lifestyle changes!

What we need

Getting healthy can feel like climbing a mountain. Please join us as we symbolically climb the Mountain of Health and Well-being! We borrow mountain climbing tools, strategies and jargon. Here’s an overview of our climbing plan. For regular readers it will show you how far you have come!

We start at Base Camp at the bottom of the Mountain of Health and Well-being. We initiate and practice 4 small lifestyle changes. Little changes are easier to do, healthier, and easier to blend in to your lifestyle.

Every mountain is climbed one little step at a time!

The mountain climbing equipment you will receive are:

  • a backpack, which represents the nutrition focus

  • hiking boots, which signify the exercise component

  • a helmet, which symbolizes the mental focus

  • safety ropes, which denote the spiritual connection

Here’s a view of Base Camp

 # 1 Backpack-no diet, just use a smaller plate or bowl at each meal or snack! 1-sneaky-trick-to-lose-weight/

#2 Hiking boots –10 minutes a day of intentional exercise start with 2 five-minute periods if you’re new to exercise what-everyone-ought-to-know-about-10-minutes-of-exercise/

#3 Helmet-repeat this healthy self-talk statement daily “I can make small changes.  These little steps are easy for me to do and they make a difference.  Taking care of me is important!” you’ll-never-guess-what-little-change-makes-a-big-difference-to-your-health/

#4 Safety ropes-pray and ask Jesus for His help.  Choose a verse to memorize.  Here’s one:  “Isaiah 41:13 For I am the LORD, your God,who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.” essential-steps-to-access-gods-power/

4 little steps that anyone can do! No need to wait! Start climbing today!

Our climbing team is lead by Our Guide, Jesus. He cares about all the details of our lives. Jesus loves us. Whatever size or shape or weight we are. He knows our struggles, our burdens and our silent agonies. He knows we wake up in the morning ready to try again, but we go to bed discouraged. He knows the despair we feel about these health issues. He knows the depth of our heart’s cry. He wants to help! We just need to ask Him for help. how-well-do-you-listen/

After staying at Base Camp for 1 month and practicing the little changes we climb to Camp #2.

Here’s a view of Camp #2

# 1 Backpack – Drink water, instead of other beverages, with your meals and snacks. Continue to use a smaller plate or bowl at each meal or snack.

#2 Hiking boots – 15 minutes a day of intentional exercise.  Start with 3 five-minute periods if you’re new to exercise

#3 Helmet – repeat this healthy self-talk statement daily.  “I’m making small changes. I’m taking care of me!  Every little step makes a difference!”

#4 Safety ropes – pray and ask Jesus for His help.  Choose a verse to memorize.  Here’s a good one.  Psalm 25: 4&5 “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

You are not alone, girlfriend! You are already connected to a group of women who are just like you. Women who want to exercise more, eat less and be healthy. a-good-team-can-inspire-you-learn-how/

Women crave connection and need accountability. Let’s connect!  We have a Facebook closed group called Dixie’s Mountain Climbing Team. You can search for me on Facebook. Look for my pink coat in Dixie Elliott profiles, and when you click on it you should see those familiar pink shoes! Send me a friend request and ask to be added to the group. We need a good team of climbers!

TODAY’S little STEP: Refuse to let the past define you! If you are a regular reader please be encouraged. You are making small changes to your life and they are making a difference. If summer stopped you from climbing then pick up your climbing gear and we’ll see you at Base Camp.

If you are a new reader please pick up your gear and join us at Base Camp. Check out some of the archive posts for more information.

Every mountain is climbed one step at a time!

We need a good team of climbers, please bring someone new with you!

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