Gail Kasper, Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker
When it comes to good health, people have a tendency to make matters more complicated than they need to be. Too many changes are attempted all at once, making the effort complicated and daunting. Figuring it’s just too hard, a lot of people quit and revert back to unhealthy old ways.
I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to settle for poor health – you really have the power to improve your condition. You can enjoy better health by making simple modifications to your lifestyle. It doesn’t need to be an overly complicated process. The best part is that you can start today with little effort.
You see, change is a matter of taking action and creating momentum, then riding that momentum to your desired outcome. Taking that first step is typically the hardest, but once you’ve taken it, you simply take another, and another, and you keep going. Before you know it, the change you’ve initiated has become an entrenched healthy habit.
The best place to start with is your lifestyle. Small changes in lifestyle can lead to huge improvements in health. If you are inactive, then it’s time to start moving. Begin today by getting up and walking a few blocks. It’s that simple! Don’t make excuses or over-analyze the situation; just get up and go for a walk. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, and you’ll probably even ask yourself, “Why haven’t I done this sooner?” Tomorrow, walk a longer stretch. The day after that, walk more. Keep that momentum going. A simple act like taking a walk will bring countless benefits to your health – but you have to keep going. Don’t give up.
I was fortunate to grow up in a family with a Polish-Italian heritage, with a mom who cooked amazing meals (read about my life story in Another Day Without a Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment to Total Empowerment.) During those early years I learned a great deal about nutritious, balanced meals. But somewhere in my teen years, I developed bulimia. It took me a long time to fully address the problem. Once I decided I could reconcile my love of food with my fear of gaining weight, I took steps to improve my eating habits. This led to a lifestyle change and improved health. Ultimately it’s led to an exciting career path as I’m currently studying to become a nutrition specialist in order to help clients conquer their dietary challenges.
Basic lifestyle changes can reverse disease, as illustrated in Gretchen Scalpi’s book, The Everything Guide to Managing and Reversing Pre-Diabetes. A registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, Scalpi makes the point that lifestyle changes, including meal modifications, can reverse a diagnosis as daunting as pre-diabetes. To be sure, you can reverse a number of conditions and diagnoses through basic lifestyle changes. I’ll write more about this soon.
For now, I want you to do two things. First, believe that you can enjoy better health through strategic changes in your lifestyle. It can be done. Second, take one step today to alter your lifestyle and improve your health. Just one step. You can do it! You’ll be glad you did, too – it’s your first step to a better, healthier you. Follow it up tomorrow with a second step. Keep going, one more step each day. Here’s to your health!
About Gail Kasper: Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a small one-bedroom apartment, in the middle of bankruptcy, with no money in the bank. Today, Gail is one of the nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, a television host, advice columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008, and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development-Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly. The current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC, FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award-winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com
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