“The moment you take responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you can change anything in your life.” ~Hal Elrod
Did you know that you can read your way to better health?
I know you can, because I’ve done it!
By this point, I’ve read dozens of books on self-improvement, self-love, self-compassion and healthy habits. But, two books in particular sparked my journey with health & weight loss, and both continue to inspire me every day.
Neither of these books are written for health or weight-loss specifically. But, the tips outlined in each lay the foundation for the skills I needed to develop to reach my goals.
The Slight Edge – By Jeff Olson
This book helped me to identify the daily habits that I needed to change if I wanted to even think about changing my life.
Until reading The Slight Edge, I had bought into the idea that my life was just happening to me and there was nothing I could do.
I believed that I was gaining weight because I wasn’t a teenager anymore, and that’s just something that happens.
When I read the explanation of the “Slight Edge” that all of our lives hinge on, everything just clicked for me. I realized that I gained weight because I made occasional healthy choices, but my daily habits were unhealthy.
Those daily habits were leading me on a downhill slope.
After coming to understand this slight edge, I began to replace sugary coffee drinks with home-brewed, no sugar added coffee. I took it even further and replaced two sit-coms each night with a 30-minute walk and 30 minutes of reading self-improvement books.
This habit led me to The Miracle Morning.
The Miracle Morning – By Hal Elrod
The order in which I read these two books couldn’t have been planned better!
Reading The Slight Edge helped motivate me to start living my day-to-day life with healthier habits. But, it was becoming difficult to fit all these habits into my daily routine. I still had a full-time job and family obligations. And of course, I hoped to maintain some kind of a social life.
My grandma came across a recommendation for a book called “The Miracle Morning,” and mentioned that it sounded like something I’d enjoy.
So, I decided to check it out.
By this point, I’d taken to listening to audio books during my evening walk so I could kill two birds with one stone.
I loved Hal’s inspirational story so much, I had to buy a copy of the book to read myself as soon as I’d finished listening to the audio version!
Hal Elrod is a survivor. He’s survived a horrific car accident, major financial troubles and a rare form of cancer. He has also created a world-wide movement of early-risers, ran an ultra-marathon and is the number one donor to the Front Row Foundation.
In his book, Hal describes his struggle to find the time to incorporate all of the habits he wanted to into his daily routine. He finally settled on waking up a little earlier to complete his “Life SAVERS.”
Once I started waking up earlier and completing the most important habits of my day before leaving for work, I became more focused. I finally began to see the results of my hard work paying off.
If you want to really begin to see results in your new health regime, read both of these books as soon as you possibly can!
Already read them? Share the impact they had on your life in the comments below.
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