There are so many simple things we can do to improve our health. Some examples include:
I used to believe that things had to be all or nothing. Either I was doing things all right, or I was doing them all wrong. It created a very destructive mental space, and set me up for failure over and over again. No one is perfect. Well, I thought I needed to be. And then came the inevitable whiplash of "Why bother if I can't be perfect?"
Newsflash - you don't have to be perfect. Instead, get started on getting better, from wherever you are right now.
Pick a good habit that you wish you had, it doesn't even have to be health related. Maybe something from the list above hit a chord with you, or maybe you have something else in mind. Just pick SOMETHING, and for the rest of this month see if you can do that ONE thing. If you don't currently drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, give it a try. If that seems like too much, break it into something even smaller. Can you drink ONE glass of water today? Sure, you say. You could do that easy peasy. So drink ONE glass of water today. And then tomorrow, over the course of the day, drink TWO. See how easy that can be? Just keep plugging along, and next thing you know you've gone and created yourself a brand new healthy habit. Then you can pick the next one you'd like to conquer.
Little changes over time yield lasting changes. And every bit of progress counts.
You can live a healthy lifestyle in the real world without giving up everything that makes you happy.