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"What you put in your Head is more powerful than what you put in your mouth." - Tory Johnson

Tory Johnson's inspiring story of how she "Shifted" into a healthy lifestyle.

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Tory Johnson's book is not just about losing weight, it is about the mental shift she made towards living a healthier life. Her book is a great insight into the mental changes one needs to make before & while on this journey. Her story is not only inspiring, it motivates you into action - to make your own shift! Almost anyone struggling with weight issues can relate. 

Slowly but Surely: A lot of people hope to lose weight over night & so often give up long before actually starting. Through her book I realized that starting with small steps are better than no steps. For example, running an hour a day might seem like a daunting task to a lot of people starting out. On the other hand while the benefits are slower a 15 minute brisk walk could sound a lot more doable - & there are definitely benefits! So starting with a daily 15 minute walk one can eventually build up to the run. The point is each person has their own rhythm & it's better to listen to your own.

One needs to realize that there isn't a single route or a quick fix to a healthy lifestyle. It is just what it is - a lifestyle. & making small changes can slowly but surely bring you there. What she communicates is that one's mental state is the most important element of change. & that is something we all have the power to change. Through her story, one realizes that making small but sure steps (with a goal in mind) towards a healthy lifestyle is clearly doable & one can slowly reach milestones. These milestones then become your motivators & you start wanting more & better for yourself! Once you start feeling the benefits your hooked & there's no going back. 


So maybe what we need is: inspiration from other people's stories?  to understand the benefits of a healthy life: the incentive to start? or to be proved that it is doable? to be shown that anyone, even you, can be healthy & fit? proof that small steps can lead to bigger ones? someone to start the small steps with? 


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Nice one Prianjali! On the topic of taking small steps towards a healthier lifestyle, you might be interested to check out this post: https://openideo.com/challenge/healthy-lives/research/ideas-are-hard-to-come-up-with-when-you-do-not-have-a-clear-understanding-of-the-barriers-to-adopting-new-habits

It'll also be interesting to consider how we can leverage the use of technology in this approach. The Ideas Phase for this challenge has just started. Hope to see you there!

Photo of Prianjali Kapur

Hey Shane! Very interesting talk! I think if I have to sum it up, it comes down to making being healthy look Easy! We (as a society) need to stop making it look like such a difficult task! BJ Fogg's talk makes me realize that taking small steps is definitely one way of making it feel easier & that's why it works. Thanks, this definitely got the creative juices flowing. See you in the Idea Phase!