30 Days To A Healthier, More “Fitter” You Series! (The Livings Level of Change)

livings level of change“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” ~ Sigmund Freud

 This past weekend we talked about the five most common excuses for skipping exercise along with some ways to combat them by removing the barriers. 

We also identified that part of the successful habit of moving your body, involves you rejecting the mainstream crowd and getting comfortable just doing what’s healthy, fun and comfortable for you, regardless of what the other people might say about it!  

Today, let’s find where you are at on The Livings Level of Change! 


1st Level of Change – WISH 

I hear people all the time WISH they were in better shape!

They WISH they would feel better, they wish they would lose some weight, they wish they could feel fitter, stronger, more healthy, more vibrant but they never “do” anything about it.  


2nd Level of Change WANT 

Now taking it to the next level are the people who really WANT to exercise and they are usually speaking out loud about it but still are not DOING anything about it. 


3rd Level of Change – NEED 

The final level before the actual goal is reached in the NEED stage. 

These people are actually doing it, they are in the process – they are taking action

You don’t hear these people talking, rather you see these people doing, taking action because they know deep down in their being that they NEED to get healthy, fit and strong and they will stop at NOTHING (and I mean nothing) to get there! 

And this is when they’ve GOT it!!  Wooohooo!!! happy exerciser

These people might even seem a little fanatical at times – you might even say to yourself, “gosh it seems like Mary is literally obsessed with having so much fun these days exercising…” 

But maybe that is what Mary NEEDS to do! 

Maybe Mary needs to GET a little fanatical about getting fit, happy and healthy in order to create a better life for herself. 

If healthy living is important to you, then maybe that’s where YOU need to be too!!  

Don’t you think? 

So where are you at on the “Livings Level of Change” when it comes to exercising and healthy living? 

For more on healthy living with a positive approach Click here to get a complimentary online hand-guide of “The Livings Key Principles – For Creating Wholeness, Peace and Health From The Inside Out!”

Healthy Blessings,

 Gena Livings


  1. I am happy to report I’ve been exercising more in the past few weeks than before. My desire is quite strong, actually, and I have removed my biggest barrier which is always TIME!

    I feel so much stronger now, even though a cold is trying to work its way into me!

    Have a fantastic week… this post helped my Monday start better because…. I realize my accomplishment.
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    • Hi Julie!
      That is Good News!!
      I am so happy to know that you have been exercising more and feeling good about it too!!

      Take care of yourself and I look forward to hearing more about your healthy progress as you continue forward!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  2. Hello Gena,

    I’ve incorporated fitness for over 15 years. Train at the gym 4-5 times a week. I’ve heard all of the excuses before and January 1st is around the corner. I’m sure I’ll hear more of it as we wrap up 2013. The problem is that so many people want to lose weight but the real underlying issues is their communication with themselves. Instead of trying to lose weight, re-frame the mindset and say, “I want to be more healthy”. When they start to think about losing weight differently, they begin to take small action. Thanks for the tips!

    • Hi Nate!

      I am very much like you, in that, as a Personal Trainer, Lifestyle Modification Coach and Practitioner of Healthy Living, I’ve heard all the excuses over the years working with my clients.

      I totally agree with you that if a person desires to get in better shape, lose weight, become stronger, healthier, etc.. they have to shift their perspective and this happens through their inner-dialog, their self-talk.

      For example, Diet Mentality Says:
      I am restricting my food intake so that I can achieve my goal weight and be happy.

      Healthy Living Mentality Says:
      I exercise in moderation and eat healthy foods to provide my body with the nutrients and energy it needs to live my life and fulfill my destiny. This is a lifestyle change that is achieved one day at a time with focus, dedication and consistency.

      Diet Mentality Says:
      I count calories so that I don’t get fat.

      Healthy Living Mentality Says:
      I am not in a big rush to lose weight. I will first focus on my health and the overall “HEALING” of my body and then the weight loss will follow naturally.

      When people SHIFT to the Healthy Living Mentality, their perspective changes for the better and they discover that they NEED to take healthy ACTION to see it through.

      Thank you so much for commenting today Nate and bringing this very important point forward in today’s conversation!
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  3. I am happy to report that I “Got it!”

    And as I am where I am, I can always get better.

    So, I got it and I’m more “getting it”, too.



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    • I love your reply Kathy!!

      From where we currently are, things can always get even better!!!

      AMEN! 🙂

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  4. I’m definitely at the GOT level. If I don’t exercise, I get cranky. It’s definitely my outlet for all the energy I have.

    Love your graphic and your four points. Awesome.
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    • Hi Penny! 🙂

      I am exactly the same way! If I don’t get my daily dose of exercise I just feel out of sorts, sluggish and cranky!

      Healthy blessings and thanks for commenting!

  5. i admit that i am getting inspired by the posts but not able to convert it to my commitments. nicely explained points. is there a difference between getting early and exercising?
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    • Hi Amar,
      I am so glad that my articles are inspiring you to make the commitment possible in your routine.
      I’m not sure I fully understand your question but if you are asking if exercising in the morning is better than later in the day I would have to say that it depends on your personal schedule and your preferences.
      I find that exercising in the morning is the best time for “me” to exercise because it it fuels my day with energy. When I exercise fist thing in the morning I feel energized and it allows me to be more productive throughout my entire day. Plus when I exercise in the morning I am not as likely to put it off due to other unplanned distractions that may come up later in the day/evening.

      I hope this helps to clarify!
      Thank you for commenting –
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  6. I am definitely vacillating between stages 1 and 2 at the moment. However, we are just about to move house, and it will be a lot easier for me to get back into exercising. All the excuses I currently trot out will be addressed, but to be honest, I’m actually looking forward to being able to go walking and looking for other fun ways to get my fitness back. Bring it on! Very observant post as to the different stages we go through on the way to fitness.

    • Hi Andrea!
      Walking is a great way to get back into the flow of exercising. It’s low impact and it increases your stamina!
      Once you become motivated by moving your body in this way, you can increase your exercise routine with other fun and enjoyable activities!!

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  7. THX that’s a great anwser!

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