5 Crucial Steps for Starting Your Health Journey

Kelly Calkins, BCHN®

For over a decade, Kelly battled six autoimmune diseases with unwavering determination. Her journey led to personal transformation, calming her body's autoimmune response, healing her gut, and banishing fatigue, sleepless nights, and brain fog. Today, Kelly is dedicated to helping others facing chronic symptoms, autoimmune diseases, and nutritional oncology concerns. She works with 1-on-1 clients, leads group coaching, and collaborates with organizations like the Arizona Foundation for Women. As a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist® and co-founder of Abundant Hope Nutrition, Kelly's expertise shines. Her core belief: we're meant to thrive, not just survive.
Published: October 19, 2023

Starting a health journey is like opening the door to a better, more vibrant life. It’s an adventure filled with promise and empowerment. In this post, we’ll explore five essential steps that serve as your guide to launching your journey with purpose. It can be both exciting and overwhelming. It’s a personal path to well-being, driven by your unique aspirations. Whether you’re seeking to reclaim your energy, manage chronic conditions, or simply enjoy a healthier life, these steps will provide you with clarity and confidence as you take your first steps. It all begins with self-reflection, finding your “why,” and setting specific, achievable goals that will pave the way for lasting transformation.

Here are 5 crucial steps for starting your health journey:

  1. Self-Reflection: Begin with “Why” Every successful journey starts with a clear purpose. Reflect on why you want to embark on this health journey. Is it to have more energy, manage a chronic condition, or simply lead a healthier life? Knowing your “why” will be your guiding star, motivating you when the going gets tough. Your “why” is the anchor for your journey, and it’s a powerful force that keeps you steadfast when obstacles arise.
  2. Set Clear, Achievable Goals: Goals provide direction and motivation. Start with specific, measurable, and achievable objectives. For instance, “I will walk for 30 minutes three times a week” or “I’ll cook at least three homemade, balanced meals each week.” These goals create a roadmap for your journey, breaking down the larger aim into smaller, manageable steps.
  3. Seek Knowledge and Guidance: Education is empowerment. Invest time in learning about nutrition, exercise, and holistic wellness. My group coaching membership community is a fantastic way to get personalized insights and guidance tailored to your unique needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at Abundant Hope Nutrition; I’m here to support your journey with wisdom and expertise.
  4. Small Steps Lead to Big Changes: Avoid the temptation to overhaul your entire lifestyle overnight. It can be overwhelming and unsustainable. Instead, focus on making small, consistent changes. Perhaps start with adding more vegetables to your diet or increasing your daily water intake. As these small steps become habits, they’ll lead to substantial, lasting transformation.
  5. Build a Support Network: You don’t have to go it alone. Share your health journey with friends and family who can offer support and encouragement. Join a community or group with like-minded individuals. Having people who understand your goals and challenges can provide immense motivation and accountability.

Your health journey is a testament to your commitment to a better, more fulfilling life. It’s not about perfection; it’s about progress. By reflecting on your “why,” setting clear goals, seeking education and guidance, taking small, consistent steps, and building a support network, you are equipping yourself with the tools for success. The journey ahead is a remarkable one, filled with potential and transformation.

I’m here to support you every step of the way. Your health journey is unique, and your path will be tailored to your individual needs and goals. Together, we’ll navigate the twists and turns of this journey, and with every step you take, you’ll be one stride closer to the vibrant, abundant health you deserve. So, let’s embark on this adventure together, shall we? Your path to well-being starts here.

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Kelly Calkins, BCHN®
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