Healthy living encompasses so many things, time management, mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional, eating right etc. Today I just wanted to give you a very brief look at what has worked for me and some success I have had.
Throughout 2016 and 2017 I knew some changes needed to happen in my life as I started having kids, working a full-time job, and simply just starting to get older. I didn’t want to waste the prime years of life being unhealthy and unfit. I have a deep desire to do ministry well for years and to keep up with my children as we run and play. So I thought I would start by talking to people who seem to live healthy lives and dive into some good books to help me along the way. In no order here are the books I went through in the last year that have helped shape me in healthy living specifically pertaining to weight loss and physical health.
BETTER THAN BEFORE, GRETCHEN RUBIN
This was a great place to start, some parts were cheesy but the general principles in this book helped me realign how I approach habits and how important they are in weight loss etc.
THE POWER OF HABIT, CHARLES DUHIGG
Where Gretchen Rubin talks more of the practical everyday application of habits Charles Duhigg dives more into the scientific/business/facts of habits and how to master them!
SMARTER BETTER FASTER, CHARLES DUHIGG
A very interesting look at how we do things in life and how in fact we can be a lot more productive in all areas of life…and just so you know it turns out doing less and not working harder may be part of the secret.
WHY WE GET FAT, GARY TAUBES
This book really opened my eyes to the calories in and calories out myth. How it has been proven that calorie management and exercise actually results in very little if any progress. I would recommend this book near the top of the list, it can be repetitive, though I feel it’s intentional to help get the message through our heads, what we have been told for weight loss is a lie.
THE WHOLE 30, MELISSA HARTWIG & DALLAS HARTWIG
So I didn’t actually read this book but my wife did and we are currently using it. We started January 2 with this meal plan and it has done wonders for us! I am very proud of my wife for sticking to it and doing a ton of work for meal prep, cooking, and shopping. This has really helped.
There have been a few other books that helped along the way but these were the top of the list. December 31 I weighed in at 310lbs and today January 31 I weighed in at 287. This is pretty incredible for me. Clothes don’t fit well, jeans that we a bit tight are too loose, and I am feeling great!
A major change is needed that is the crux of it all whether it is weight loss, money management, time management, whatever, you need to work hard and make big changes and I still have a way to go yet but making changes and forming new habits walking away from old ones is very helpful. It really is a lifestyle change and as you form new changes they will impact other positive changes and it dominos. Small steps, take your time, and get after it!