First Steps toward a Healthy Lifestyle

 

 

 

 

Contestants and Groups Selected
This week, four groups began the two-year journey together that will change their lifestyles. I received nearly 100 applications for participation in the contest, and of those I narrowed the applicants down to 40 and then talked with each of them at length last week. Each of them was ready, motivated and committed to making healthy lifestyle changes to reclaim their health, fitness and wellbeing. They all recognized that rapid weight loss and dieting was no longer the answer, and they wanted to finally take good care of themselves.

It was challenging to pick just eight for the contest, so I decided to create three more groups of eight to experience the same two-year program in order to support at least thirty-two of them.

Read more to learn who became contestants.


Getting Started

In our first sessions together, the group participants talked about what led them to apply for a spot in the contest. They shared the struggles they’ve had to exercise regularly, make healthy food choices and make themselves more of a priority. These struggles and the associated frustration, disappointment and pain they created are what motivated them to finally take action. Being inspired to change because of what is no longer tolerable, from a wake-up call or an opportunity to be in a life-changing contest, is often the motivating catalyst that puts people into action, yet that motivator has a short fuse and can disappear as quickly as it appears. The catalyst can get you to make a change, but it won’t keep you motivated to stick with that change or to make long-term changes. For that you need to create long-term motivators based on what it is you will be able to do, feel or experience as a result of the healthy lifestyle changes. These positive outcomes are what keep you motivated to stay on track.

Read more to learn how they selected their motivators and their first week’s goals.
 
See What Contestants and Group Participants Have to Say
I’ve asked the contestants to comment on their experience each week on a local community blog and the group participants to comment on this blog.  In that way, you will get a birds-eye view of what they are discovering for themselves, which will help you in following the contest and participating on your own. You are also free to comment on your own experience.

Have a healthy and active week,

Alice
  • Bobbi

    What a thrill it was to be invited to join one of Alice’s additional focus groups. We follow the same agenda as the contest group does, but for me it’s without the pressure of all watching. I read the contest in the Newburyport Daily News and thought… wow this could really be life altering. For me, a two year commitment feels like the truth….like someone finally is being honest and realistic with what it takes to change behaviors patters and life habits.

    This week I am paying close attention to when I am hungry and when I am full. It’s harder than it sounds but so far I am trying to just stay fuelled and not overeat. The idea is to stay positive and not deprive myself of food but to balance the way my hunger feels to the want of what is in front of me… simple right? Wish me luck!

  • Bob

    I’m learning new insights about how I eat. Plus I’m learning some tools to help me eat better. It kind of raises you awareness about what and how you eat and about how you use your body or in some cases not use it.

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Alice Greene
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