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What Is the Secret?

When you make a new commitment to health eating and exercise, you face a firehose of information. Do this, not that. Make sure you do X, Y, and Z together. Avoid these terrible pitfalls. Follow these 43 steps for success. Choose a big goal. Hire a trainer. Prepare your whole week’s meals in advance. It’s daunting.

The good news is that you don’t have to have a perfect plan, and you don’t have to do everything at once. You can start with one thing, see how it goes, and then, when it’s easy, add something else. Some little things:

  • One push-up every day for a week. (In week 2, you may wish to do 2 push-ups.)
  • Have a dog? Add 2 or 3 minutes to your walk, and stick with that longer walk for a week. Maybe add 2 more in week 2.
  • Figure out some protein- or fiber-rich breakfast food you like, and get it in the house. Greek yogurt? Hard-boiled eggs? Oatmeal? Hummus and (whole grain) pita bread? Try a few things, and see what works.
  • Always have the post-lunch doldrums at work? Try drinking a full glass of water when they hit, or better yet, take a quick walk around the block.

What sounds good to you? The goal here is get a good habit on the agenda, think about different ways to approach a larger goal, and give yourself a track record of success.

Want some help choosing and establishing some really small, new habits? Try B.J. Fogg’s Tiny Habits system.

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