Healthy Lifestyle Habits for a Happy Life

Discover how to create healthy lifestyle habits for LIFE, with my easy, 8-step process. You’ll learn how to ditch diets and deprivation forever, and start living your healthiest, happiest life today!

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This healthy lifestyle habits post was developed in response to two of the top requests I’ve gotten from you:

  1. To learn how to create habits to reach your health goals, and…
  2. To discover how to achieve {and maintain}, a healthy weight that’s sustainable for the long term.


ONE | Identify your “Big Why”

WHY do you want to accomplish X, Y, Z??? This is a crucial first step towards ensuring you’re likely to follow through with your healthy lifestyle habits and goals. For example, my “big why” is to live a vibrant, healthy life into old age.

TWO | Write down your health goals-short-term, long-term, or both.  

These goals should be realistic and doable.

Tip! If one of your goals is “to reach a healthy weight”, I challenge you to pick at least 1 additional goal that isn’t weight-related, such as “to have more energy” or “to feel happier”. These are often the changes you’ll notice first, which will help motivate you to keep up your new habits.

THREE | Determine your current level of motivation on a scale of 1-10.

This is SO important, and something I ask all of my clients before they make any diet or health changes. Sometimes you’re NOT ready to change your habits, and that’s A-OK.

FOUR | List ALL obstacles {real or perceived} keeping you from reaching your goals. 

Just a few examples that come up with my clients are: “I travel too much”, “I don’t know what’s healthy to eat”, “I have no time to exercise”, “I don’t know how to cook”, “I don’t enjoy cooking”, I don’t know what diet is right for me, plus SO many more. Write them ALL down and identify what obstacles you want to work on right away.

FIVE | Choose up to 5 healthy lifestyle habits to work on AND put a * by your top 2.

From my experience, focusing on just a couple of healthy lifestyle habits at a time is much for doable for most of my clients. While you may identify several habits to work on, sticking with 1-2 at a time is much easier. This is especially true when life gets extra busy-for many of us, most of the time!

SIX | Write down HOW you will monitor your habits & track your progress.

This could be a healthy lifestyle habits tracker form, an old-fashioned journal, or one of the many smartphone apps available. There’s no right or wrong choice-just experiment with different tracking tools, and find something that works for you. See the link to my recommended resources in the next section below.

SEVEN | Identify any resources/education/support you need to reach your goals.

Examples include working with a dietitian or nutrition coach (I’d love to work with you!), reading a self-help book, downloading an app, taking a class, using a meal plan, and so many more.

EIGHT | Choose your support system.

This can be someone in your family, a friend, your dietitian or nutrition coach, your physician, trainer, or therapist, an online forum, or your smartphone app.

Tips for Creating Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Start small. You can work on up to 5 healthy lifestyle habits at a time if you like, but keep your focus on 1 or 2 of them. Once these initial habits start to become routine, you can focus on adding new ones later on.

Start whenever you are ready. There is no need to wait until Monday, or for the “perfect time” as often there is NO perfect time to start. BUT, it’s also important for you to do your “homework” ahead of time, and determine if you’re ready to make changes.

Allow a minimum of 30 days to change a habit, or create a new one. Often times habit change may take up to 60-90 days, or even longer. That’s ok. Stay positive and think long-term success!

Try something new. On the flip side, if you get bored with doing the same thing each day, why not try a new healthy lifestyle habit each day for a month? Let’s say you want to “eat better” (a little broad I know). You can try doing something new each day like eating veggies for breakfast, meal planning, sticking to 3 meals/day, etc.

If at first you don’t succeed, try {and try} {and try again}! I think I’m on my 5th or so go around with getting into a strength training habit. For some reason, this has been a hard habit for me to stick with. But, as I get older, I’m realizing how important it is to maintain muscle mass, so I keep forging ahead!

Re-frame your mindset, and tell yourself that hard work is required. Habits aren’t easily changed {at first}, but once you securely adopt your new habits, they will be MUCH easier to maintain~I promise!

Think outside the box and redefine what you “can” and “can not” do. Before I started following a gluten-free diet, I thought the only way I could cook, was to follow a recipe. But, once I stopped eating gluten, I was forced to get creative in the kitchen & create my own recipes. Bottom line: No matter what your age, you can always learn, and master new things.


  • What are your biggest challenges keeping up with your healthy habits and reaching your health goals?
  • Do you have any healthy lifestyle habits you are woking on changing, or adding, right now?
  • What are your favorite tips to share for creating new habits?

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