This is the time of the year when the gyms are packed and tons of people have set the goal that this is going to be the year that they reach all of their weight loss/health goals. But, sadly, many of those people won’t reach their goals, and they will fall off the wagon soon after the New Year. Many times people will set goals that are unrealistic, causing them to give up after only a short time.
So, what can you do so that you do reach your goals?
- Set smaller, attainable goals instead of bigger goals that are unrealistic. Nothing happens overnight. You are actually going to have to work to reach your health goals. It should be a lifestyle change, and not just a quick fix. By setting smaller goals, you will be more likely to stick to whatever your plan to reach your goal may be. You can have an overall goal in mind, but having smaller goals to work towards, and reevaluating your progress, will make it more likely that you won’t quit.
- Set measurable goals. I always recommend setting goals using the acronym S.M.A.R.T. (S= Specific, M = measurable, A = attainable, R= realistic, T = time bound) For example: “I am going to work out 5 days per week for 3 weeks and then reevaluate my goal.” (instead of saying “I am going to work out more.”) or “I am going to eat at least 1 serving of fruits or vegetables with each of my meals for 5 out of 7 days for the next 3 weeks and then reevaluate my goal.” (instead of saying “I am going to eat more fruits and vegetables.”) When your goal is measurable, you will have a way to evaluate your progress.
- Write your goals down. If you write them down and put them somewhere where you will be reminded of them every day, you will be less likely to forget about them.
- Don’t punish yourself if you don’t reach them. Everyone makes mistakes, and punishing yourself isn’t going to make anything better. You may have been expecting too much from yourself, or you may have burnt yourself out. Instead, reevaluate your goals and make a new goal or think of a new way to reach your overall goal, and start over. And, think of a reward to give yourself when you do reach your goal, such as a new shirt, a trip, or something else that you really want. Just make sure it isn’t something that is going to set your goals back.
Also, speaking of health goals and starting the year off right, the Essential Reset starts on Monday, January 11th. It is a 21 day cleanse based on the elimination diet, and it focuses on clean, whole foods and essential oil supplements, which will clean the toxins from your body, and then restore your body with the nutrients that it needs to function properly. There will be hundreds of people participating in this cleanse (including me), and there will be weekly calls and a Facebook page, so lots of support and motivation. If you are interested in signing up, I recommend signing up by Thursday (unless you don’t mind starting late), so you can receive your supplements on time. If you are interested or want more information, you can contact me by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking here.