The way I see it, the more healthy stuff I do, the more unhealthy stuff I get to do as a reward. And let's be honest, the unhealthy stuff is the fun stuff
Well, if you adopt healthy habits just to offset unhealthy ones, you really haven't gained much. If you replace the unhealthy with the healthier, you're getting ahead.
Yes but for me (can't speak for anyone else) it starts out as offset, and I agree you have not gained much but then you can move forward to replace. I used to chew my fingernails in a previous life. The way I quit was one fingernail at a time. I got used to one looking nice and then I no longer wanted to chew it but I still have 9 others, then 8.........you get the idea.
The problem with many people is they come up with this grandiose plan to make changes in their life and try to change too much at one time or exercise too much at one time and they don't set themselves up for success. Same thing in working with dogs, set up for success (albeit small steps) and success breeds success.
My husband is the consummate quitter. He starts out with what he calls a "new leaf" every week and it is so hard for him he fails every week, once he fails he becomes discouraged and gives up the entire plan. I failed so i have to start over next week.
To me this is the beauty in SL. You start with the easy stuff and add every workout and by the time you get to the "fail" stage hopefully you have enough success behind you, you want to beat that challenge no matter what. Ahhh success what a wonderful drug!