Do you have a plan to reach and maintain optimal health?
Now that the holidays are well over, do you have a plan to reach and maintain optimal health? We start the new year off with good intentions but somewhere along the way the days pass and we find ourselves in the same situation as we were last year. It’s not too late! Here are some simple steps to help get you going:
Start off by being good to yourself. Take some time to focus on you by asking yourself , “what do I want to accomplish in terms of my health and wellness for the next month, six months, or even one year?” Perhaps it is simply to lose weight and feel good in your skin or is it to feel alive and be healthy for your children or grand children? Whatever reason you come up with it should be all about you, after all it is your life and your body. Now it’s time to set your goal. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound…SMART. Write it down. For example if your goal is to lose weight it may look like this:
“I will lose 1 pound per week for 12 weeks for a total weight loss of 12 pounds by choosing to eat calorie dense, nutrient rich foods combined with a structured exercise program consisting of a minimum of 280 minutes per week.”
Ask yourself, “WHY do I want to accomplish this goal?” Write it down as a reminder to reference during those “moments of weakness”. Here is an example:
“I want to lose weight so that I can enjoy playing at the park with my children/grandchildren.”
Close your eyes and IMAGINE how you will feel when you reach your goal. How does it feel? Write it down. Here is another example:
“I feel confident and happy and attractive when I am able to comfortably fit into my favorite pair of jeans.”
Set a series of short-term goals, daily, weekly or monthly whatever will assist you in reaching your big-picture long-term goal. For example each Monday you may choose to set a goal as follows:
“I will lose a minimum of 1 pound this week by choosing to eat unprocessed whole foods prepared by me and exercise a minimum of four days this week after work.”
Take ACTION! All the visualizing, writing, and planning in the world will not work if you do not take ACTION. Plan your meals, schedule your workouts and remember to take time for yourself!
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