Committing yourself to a healthy lifestyle may require breaking bad habits and routines.
The process of turning unhealthy habits into healthy habits is not easy. It requires knowledge, vigilance and support. Your friends and family may want to help, but may not know how to. Amass their support by sharing your health goals with them and showing them this list:Focus on my successes — not my failures. Please notice when I make the right choice and don't be afraid to comment.If I slip up, don't berate, nag, threaten or bribe me. Remind me, instead, that this was a one-time indulgence, not a complete"diet buster."Don't bring sweets or salty snacks into the house or try to force me to have"just a bite" of a food I've already rejected.Don't expect me to bake for you. Instead, praise me for preparing healthy meals that make you feel better, as well.When I'm tired, stressed, bored, angry or frustrated, I may be more inclined to eat. Please recognize these times and help me choose an alternative activity. Stress eating is an enemy of weight loss.Exercise with me. Think of new ways we can get out and play.Remember, when you help me, you'll be helping the family. Family support could also keep the whole family looking and feeling better.