Your Choices Add Up

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The tagline of Healthy Tipping Point is “When everyday decisions add up to something amazing.”  For years, I struggled with being healthy because I thought healthy = perfection.  If I wasn’t perfect (um, and who is?), I had “blown it.”  And then all hell broke loose.


Now, I realize that being healthy is about making small steps towards a larger healthy goal.  Each little step forward counts, and when you manage to make healthy choices a habit, you achieve something amazing.


It’s helped me so much over the years to just look at each day, each meal, each snack and think, “What healthy choices can I make RIGHT NOW?”  It motivates me to go for a run, add a vegetable to my plate, or take a few minutes to meditate.  I never feel overwhelmed.    And when I do engage in not-so-healthy behaviors, it’s easier to get back on track because I don’t demand perfection – all I have to do is make one more healthy decision.


To inspire and motivate others, I encourage you to leave a comment describing ONE healthy decision you made yesterday or today.  How are you improving your life?  What are you doing to make your mind, emotions, and body feel good?


This post originally appeared in 2010 but I thought it was worth republishing for readers who had never seen it.  To see more than 200 suggestions on healthy choices, check out the original comments section!



  • Amanda December 18, 2014, 10:28 am

    Thanks for this – really inspiring. My healthy choice this week was to spend 2 hrs on Saturday eve roasting 4 different trays of vegetables with different flavourings to add to my meals this week – it’s made such a difference!

    • Caitlin December 18, 2014, 10:55 am

      Share with me!!! Love roasted veg.

      • Amanda December 18, 2014, 12:02 pm

        Me too! They’re really helping me stay full whilst I’m breastfeeding. I roasted carrots, leeks and parsnips with oil and rosemary – pretty standard. Then I experimented: parsnips and carrots with coconut oil, red onion chutney and balsamic vinegar – WIN! We had that reheated with big chunks of melted cheese and homemade crotons – delicious. Then carrots and leeks with coconut oil, ginger, garlic and dark ginger rum – so good. Lastly carrots, leek and parsnips with oil, rosemary, tomatoes and then added mascarpone at the end and wrapped in tortillas mmmmmm. Hope you like them – I always love your recipes!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed December 18, 2014, 10:31 am

    I went to bed early last night! Sleep is so important and it is often something that I fail to make a priority!

    • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed December 18, 2014, 10:31 am

      PS such a great post, love that you’re resharing 🙂

    • Melissa December 18, 2014, 1:20 pm

      I did the same thing! Like…crazy early, haha. My body is thanking me 🙂

  • Melissa December 18, 2014, 10:44 am

    It was this kind of attitude that drew me to your blog a year or so ago!

    Two small choices I’m making every day are 1. having a green smoothie as a morning snack between teaching classes, and 2. trying to get 10,000 steps in a day. I am a runner, but am dealing with a persistent knee injury, so I’m choosing every day not just to wallow in not being able to run, but in moving in any way I can.

  • Sherilyn December 18, 2014, 10:48 am

    I ran yesterday. It makes me feel grateful for my body and improves my ability to handle stress throughout the day. I love this post…wonderful message!

  • Whitney December 18, 2014, 11:05 am

    Today I won’t let bulimia control me. Today I will take a hot yoga class after work, and spend time being thankful for all I have.

    • Caitlin December 18, 2014, 11:17 am


  • kati December 18, 2014, 11:12 am

    I love this idea because it is SO TRUE! No one is perfect…and no one wants to live in a world where they can’t eat cookies! 🙂

    Instead of having a second helping of Mexican lasagna for dinner last night, I made a small side salad to end my meal and fill me up!

    I’ve definitely been eating more sweets the last week or so because I’ve been doing a lot of holiday baking…and need to make sure everything tastes okay 😉 Instead of freaking out about my extra sugar intake I’ve just been moving on, enjoying the sweets, and making sure I’m sticking to a regular exercise routine.

  • Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks December 18, 2014, 11:19 am

    Really appreciate posts like these that help me take a step back from my office desk at work!

    This week, I really listened to my body and ate when I was hungry, and focused on lots and lots of veggies. It’s amazing that I slept better and had better workouts when I give my body the kind of fuel it really needs!

  • Chelsea December 18, 2014, 11:20 am

    This morning I woke up at 5 to go for a run (and get in a little ‘me’ time) before going to work. I love starting the day off with something good for me; it sets the tone for the whole day!

  • Erin W December 18, 2014, 11:20 am

    I went for a walk yesterday even though I was tired and pregnant and not feeling it. Thanks for this post.

  • Claire December 18, 2014, 11:27 am

    I LOVE this question! Today I am dying to listen to the finale of Serial, but instead of sitting on the couch and listening, I’m going to take a walk in the sunshine and enjoy it!

  • Bobbie December 18, 2014, 11:30 am

    Yesterday I chose a rest day and did not run. I was stressing about how I was going to fit everything in. Finally, after hours of indecision, I decided that when I got home from work, ( I work a half day) I would do all my paperwork that was looming over my head, pay some bills that were also looming and enjoy dinner with my family. I always feel great on days I run so I struggle with rest days or “allowing” myself a day without exercise on occasion in order to complete some other important things. Sometimes I worry that my daily run borders on obsession so I think doing this sometimes is good for me. I survived yesterday without running any miles.

  • Kathleen Ojo @ My Ojos December 18, 2014, 11:36 am

    I am really trying to embrace this way of thinking lately. I tell myself there are no slips, no oh-my-gosh-why-did-I-eat-that moments…. everything I do is a conscious choice, for better or worse. It’s hard, but I’m gradually getting in the habit of thinking before I mindlessly do things.

    For example, this morning, I consciously chose to eat a chocolate chip cookie from the tin I brought for my office potluck today. Right now, I am consciously choosing NOT to eat another one (because 1 cookie before 9am is a delicious indulgence, but 2… well…. I’m not willing to go there).

    🙂 Thanks for reposting this!

  • Jenny December 18, 2014, 11:39 am

    I find when I am overly stressed or anxious (like during the holidays) I tend to fall back into the mindset of healthy=perfection. But I try to have one positive thought every day to combat that. I also made a promise to myself to make it to yoga twice per week, and I find that helps so much!

  • Cassie December 18, 2014, 11:40 am

    I love this message. Progress, not perfection.

  • Robyn December 18, 2014, 11:46 am

    I went nordic skate skiing yesterday. Since the days have been getting shorter and work has been busier finding time to exercise has been sooo hard. But I made it happen yesterday. It was short and sweat, but reminded me how important it is.

  • Kim L. December 18, 2014, 11:49 am

    Today, I got out of bed at 4:50 am to fit my workout in!

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors December 18, 2014, 11:54 am

    I love this. The drive for perfection makes anything seem totally unrealistic and so hard to continue. Yesterday I added cucumber slices to my water and happily drank 4 bottles 🙂 It’s funny how little changes can make healthy habits easier to establish!

  • Kerry December 18, 2014, 12:13 pm

    I am so glad you posted this today! I really needed a boost because I’m feeling under the weather but still have to get through my day. The holidays have been keeping me really busy – I am going to try to think about things in terms of “What healthy choice can I make right now?” so I don’t get so overwhelmed with trying to achieve perfection!

    The healthy choice I’m going to make right now is to go for a walk before work. I know that getting outside will make me feel better!

  • Diana December 18, 2014, 12:29 pm

    Gosh, I needed this today. I was seriously thinking about ditching my lunch and going to get fast food (bad for my wallet and waistline). Instead, my decision is to stick to the original plan and eat my sandwich and side of cut up veggies I already have here at work.

    Thank you for this today. Very inspiring.

  • Sarah @welshgirleats December 18, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Man, I so needed to read this post right now. Breastfeeding a 4 week old, coupled with sleep deprivation and looking after my toddler has left me making unhealthy choices out of exhaustion. And frequently diving for the biscuit tin. And then I just feel stressed. I’m really going to try to adopt this healthy choices mindset from today onwards. One healthy decision I have made today- to skip takeaway for dinner and make myself a stir-fry (I don’t know if this counts though because I really don’t fancy takeaway so it’s an easy decision to make!).

  • Holly G. December 18, 2014, 12:46 pm

    I set aside my responsibilities for a few hours and flopped down on my bed with a good book. Big mental health boost!

  • Holly December 18, 2014, 1:00 pm

    The past couple weeks I had not been eating enough veggies. So, this week I’ve made a conscious effort to have 1-2 servings of veggies at lunch and dinner!

  • Alexa December 18, 2014, 1:08 pm

    yesterday, i skipped the Timbits (because hello, they’re available all year) but had half a small Caramel Toffee butterscotchy candy (kinda like a toffee tootsie roll.

    and today at the Employee recognition xmas party at work, i skipped all the packaged mini croissants/cinnamon buns/fruity loaves and the deli meat (yuck), and only had a couple pieces of fruit and a few pieces of pineapple dipped under the chocolate fountain. priorities, ladies 🙂

  • April December 18, 2014, 1:33 pm

    This is something I am definitely learning. I have been tracking my nutrition and even on days when I go over my calorie count, I try to take it meal by meal and look at my day overall. If I can add in veggies/fruit and make good snacking choices, then I still feel like I made a step in the right direction.

    Last night, for dinner, I was exhausted and super tempted to run through the drive thru. Instead, I grabbed a packet of tuna, threw in some vegetables and ate it with whole wheat crackers. It was simple, healthy and incredibly satisfying….AND I didn’t feel guilty!

  • Amanda December 18, 2014, 1:47 pm

    I think this message is super important, especially around the holidays! The healthy choices are a bit harder to make and often seem insignificant amidst the less healthy ones. Today I took a 30 minute break from my desk to get outside and go for a walk! Listened to Christmas music and reflected on the holiday!

  • Heather Russell December 18, 2014, 1:48 pm

    Making an effort to drink more water and get more rest. The flu is running its course around the school where my son attends. Also, I am trying to limit my sweets. Trying to enjoy the holidays, it doesnt have to be perfect, no one will notice if it isn’t 🙂

  • Stephanie C December 18, 2014, 1:53 pm

    This is great! I’m currently 34 weeks pregnant and not comfortable with the amount of weight I’ve gained. My nurse-midwife suggested cutting out my normal binging on sweets during the week with treats on the weekend, and adding in a walk during my work week. I recently cut out all walks that i normally did with my husband due to fatigue. Being the holidays, cutting out sweets during the week is not easy at my work! So yesterday – I had a small butterscotch candy after lunch and went on a walk with my husband after work. I was happy I did – it was brisk outside and I got to see the christmas lights in the neighborhood. Even though it took extra energy, I really want to push myself past the fatigue and do it more before baby comes. It’s only been two days but I’m already so proud of myself for resisting the sweets at work! (THERE’S DONUTS TODAY!!)

  • Laura December 18, 2014, 2:11 pm

    I love this post, such great sentiment!! I am drinking a biiiig glass of water right now to stay hydrated in between holiday party indulgences!

  • Lauren @ December 18, 2014, 2:52 pm

    Yesterday, I made it a priority to work on my 2015 goals and business plan for my website, A Lovely Side Project. I have been putting it on the back burner for weeks so it felt amazing to stop resisting and work on it! The website is currently focused on food and fashion, but in 2015 I want to add a huge chunkof inspirational posts from myself and other women who are pursuing their passion and walking in the direction of their dreams. I want to offer a jolt of energy to anyone has a dormat passion but is having trouble pursuing it. I can’t wait to have the website at the place where I want it and taking solid strides yesterday helped reinforce the importance of working toward your goals.

    Love this post!!! Thank you.

    Laurne @

  • Suzy December 18, 2014, 3:28 pm

    Lovely post! Sometimes you wish you knew these thing so long ago, but isn’t that the whole point? To learn through your mistakes and struggles and grow:)

    My healthy choice:
    I downloaded this cute app last night called Headspace, where it leads you on a simple 10 minute guided meditation to encourage you to become more mindful allow yourself to just do nothing. And with life being crazy (‘specially this time of year) I was just nice to give myself those 10 minutes.

  • Lekki Wood December 18, 2014, 4:13 pm

    I made the decision not to stress about Christmas. It’s been a crazy few weeks for us – my son was diagnosed with autism, and other life things happened. Christmas has got a bit left behind. As gifts and cards start rolling in, which I am not ready to return, my healthy decision is to accept graciously and not feel guilty – I’ll get to Christmas when I can. No guilt and no panic = no lost sleep +lots more time with my family + lots of time to keep for my fitness routine (even if it is light) !

    • Tricia December 18, 2014, 9:37 pm

      I work with kids on the spectrum. Best of luck finding the right therapy team etc. There’s so much fun ahead!

  • K December 18, 2014, 6:26 pm

    I guess my biggest revelation in terms of health is that having treats, celebrating beautiful special occasions aren’t something outside of healthy living, but a vital part of balance. I know that people talk about getting back on track, etc. but I think of those delicious, indulgent moments as equally valuable points on the track. In the moment, asking yourself what is healthy means taking into account what is nourishing at that point in time. Sometimes a piece of chocolate cake among friends is more nourishing than a salad eating in solitude.

  • Michele Albert December 18, 2014, 6:46 pm

    Last month my 25 year old cousin passed away unexpectedly. I turned to my comfort food – white starches – and gained 5 pounds. I decided to give myself a break and not bash myself for slipping, but to forgive myself and let my heart heal. Within two weeks I was back to eating a balanced diet and lost the 5 pounds I had gained. Throughout the entire process I never stopped exercising, I think it helped me both physically and mentally and I was proud of myself for recognizing the trigger for what it was and while I wasn’t completely successful in dealing with it, I handled it better than I would have in the past.

  • Jenn December 18, 2014, 6:57 pm

    This morning I overslept and missed my workout before work. My intentions were to go later, but when I got home I was tired and just wanted to sit. I made myself go to the Y and feel so much better! Just do it! You’ll be glad you did:)

  • Catie December 18, 2014, 7:46 pm

    Yesterday I went for a run. My second of the week. My goal this week was to run three times. One more tomorrow and I’ve met my goal. That’s all that mattered to me this week.

  • Tricia December 18, 2014, 9:36 pm

    I’m 31 weeks pregnant and got a salad for dinner tonight. We ate at Wegmans while out Christmas shopping. Perfect choice!

  • Shaun December 19, 2014, 5:24 am

    Such a healthy way to view health and fitness! My healthy choice today is working out for 30 minutes and filling my big water bottle to ensure that I’m drinking enough! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Laura December 19, 2014, 6:28 am

    I missed my yoga class yesterday and instead of beating myself up over it I made a list of reasons why it was a GOOD thing (gave me more time to do my laundry, run some errands I’ve been putting off, and cook for our work pot luck tomorrow). It’s hard for me not to get upset if I miss something I had scheduled but yesterday I think I did pretty well! Being easy on myself is a long-term, always in progress goal.

  • sarai December 19, 2014, 8:23 am

    I forgave myself for being a little messed up. That my body is my own scars, size, and all. I am going to love it not hate it. I’m going to admit that I hide my eating disorder. Today I am going to get help. 10 years to long.

  • Eneida December 19, 2014, 12:56 pm

    My healthy choice is trying to remain positive at all times. Even when others put this negativity energy all over the place. Breathe and keep smiling. Even though it can be difficult at times, just keep smiling.

  • Caroline December 19, 2014, 3:21 pm

    I so needed this today. I got my hair cut this afternoon and as I was sitting in the chair and looking at myself in the mirror I found myself thinking some really negative things about my body. This post was just the reminder I needed to appreciate what my body IS and not what it ISN’T. I did a really tough strength + HIIT workout this morning and felt amazing afterward, and that means more to me than how I think I look in the mirror!

  • colleen December 20, 2014, 8:45 am

    I have started to make multiple chanes for my wellbeing: 1) submitting and getting accepting into Clemson University for my Masters (three kids and several years later I am finally taking the leap); 2) designating a half to one hour of pleasure reading a day while on the recumbet bike instead of the couch; 3) getting the husband a fitbit to match mine so we challenge each other; 4) getting back int yoga (at home during week and at a studio on the weekend); 5) finally realizing I need to create my own career path

  • Jessica Hernandez December 20, 2014, 5:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. It’s exactly what I needed to read today. Seriously, thank you so much.

  • Aja December 21, 2014, 1:14 am

    That is such a great way to go about life. Much less stressful and easier to handle. It’s definitely a more realistic way to go about living a healthy life.

  • Daniellehelena December 30, 2014, 12:39 pm

    Sorry I’m late to reading this post! Something I’ve been doing everyday (which I started about two weeks ago) is to eat one raw vegan meal each day. Basically one giant delicious flavorful bowl of raw veggies! I find this has been making a huge difference on my energy levels and has been helping reverse some of the fun I had over the holidays! 😉

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