With the holidays behind me, I needed to refocus on healthy eating and exercising. After straying from my normal workouts for a month, I needed motivation to reactive my healthy lifestyle. For motivation, I read “The Shift” by Tory Johnson. Here are some helpful ways from the book to reactive your healthy lifestyle (or to begin one):

1- If you can’t carve out a full hour for exercising, start with 10 minutes and gradually increase your time. Walking is one of the easiest ways to begin – AND can easily be accomplished by parking far away from your destination. Another option is to play your favorite tunes and dance. It’s your own dance party and definitely a mood lifter!

2- Stay focused by weighing in daily BUT recognize slight variations can be due to water weight. In order to do this task, you must learn not to beat yourself up if you made wrong food choices. Each day is an opportunity to live healthier.

3- Add cinnamon to coffee in lieu of sugar or artificial flavoring. For me, the aroma puts a smile on my face.

4- Make cooking at home a priority. You have control over ingredients, especially sugar and salt … and not to use processed food. Try one of the companies which ship recipes with ingredients to you – saves time in planning and shopping.

5- Find ways other than food to reward yourself when you’ve reached major milestones. Instead of buying that amazing cupcake with buttercream frosting as a reward, buy something not eatable – flowers, shirt, golf balls, spa treatment etc.

Sometimes you need a little motivation to reactive your healthy lifestyle – or begin one. This year, I read an inspiring book. If reading isn’t your preference, then follow the above tips for a jump start.


Niv PersaudNiv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter and as a financial advisor. Her services include spending plan, financial plan, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”