Am I lazy? No, you are not.

May 9, 2024

Am I lazy? No you are not.
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Someone says, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” You will want to change your behavior if you’re looking to create a new version of yourself. You might want to exercise more often. You might want to go to bed without browsing social media or watching TV (no blue screens!). You might want to drink less alcohol. The list may seem endless but remember, if it was easy, then everybody would be doing it 😉

How can I change myself? Have you ever tried and failed it? Does it mean you are lazy?

No, you are not. It’s not always easy to change behaviors. It’s natural to continue your previous habits, such as lying on your comfy sofa or overeating sweet or salty snacks.

Small steps. Small steps…

Do not try to change your daily life as much as possible at first. If you take a small step, you will be more likely to continue and move on to the next. Now that’s progress.

For example, if you try a healthier diet, try it once a week at first.  The next week, make it 3 days. Then 5 days, and before you know it, it’s a full-time pursuit! 

You might not want to make every meal fit the plan. You can call it cheating if you like. Around here, we prefer to call it a “temporary deviation.” For some, these variances can support the overall goal. Strive for perfection, and accept excellence (a nod to legendary NFL head coach Don Shula).

Take pride in yourself for boldly taking the first step, however small. Then, take pride in your second step. Do not forget you can celebrate your third step. Tell everybody. Shout it from the rooftops. One day, your new behavior will be your daily routine.

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Posted by Dr. Sho Takeuchi, MD, MPH, CHES 

Sho is our Assistant Program Manager at Sarana Health. His specialty is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a branch of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to people with physical impairments or disabilities. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Emory University and provides a critical international perspective on healthcare, lifestyle, and more.

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This article is for informational and educational use only and should not be considered a substitute for medical advice. Consult your health and wellness provider for more information.


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