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    October 23, 2017 /  Women & Lifestyle
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    Pros and Cons of a Healthy Lifestyle
    by David Junno Psy.D.

    Word count: 512

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    Deciding to change your lifestyle.
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    Once we recognized we have a problem, the temptation is to want
    to make a change immediately. This, however, is rarely a good
    idea. The reason is that for our attempts to be successful we
    need to be absolutely sure we are willing to make the changes
    necessary.

    For example, if we discover that we have high cholesterol, we
    might want to immediately start dieting and doing more exercise.
    However, this can lead to problems. If we have not made a firm
    decision to make the necessary changes, then when we encounter
    obstacles, (which there will be many of), we will not have the
    commitment to overcome them. We then might define our inability
    to overcome the obstacles as a failure on our part. This is
    likely to lead to the belief that we cannot make the necessary
    changes, and we give up trying.

    To avoid this problem we need to focus on making a decision to
    change, rather than just reacting to bad news. One of the best
    ways to do this is to focus on the pros and cons of making
    changes.

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    The Pros and Cons of Changing
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    Take a piece of paper and write on the top what you want to
    change, for example: exercising more, or eating less saturated
    fat. Then make two columns on the paper and title one of them,
    pros and the other one, cons. Under pros, write down all the
    good reasons for making your change. For example under exercise
    you might say, get into better shape, or have more stamina.
    Under eating less saturated fat, you might write: lose weight.

    Under the Cons, write all the reasons for not making these
    changes. For example under exercise you might say, “I don’t
    feel I have the time”, or “I don’t like exercising”. Or for
    eating less saturated fat you might say, “I would have to
    give up my favorite foods”, or “It will require a lot of
    changes in my meal preparation”. According to Prochaska,
    Norcross and DiClemete in their book, “Changing for Good”,
    for a change to be successful the pros have to outweigh the
    cons.

    Are your pros more than your cons? If so, go ahead and start
    preparing to change. If your pros are not more than your
    cons, do not despair. This just means you need to focus your
    efforts on looking for more of the pros, and coming up with
    responses to the cons that will decrease their influence on
    you. Being aware of the cons of making a change is very
    important, as they tell you what you need to prepare for.
    Being prepared for the obstacles before you encounter them
    will improve your chances of success.

    David Junno Psy.D. is a personal coach and author of:
    Lower High Cholesterol, Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease-
    READY OR NOT! an e-book program for living a healthier
    lifestyle. You can e-mail him at: djunno@… or
    visit his website:

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