The holidays are behind us, the New Year is finally here. Everyone is making promises to themselves and hoping for a healthier, more productive, richer, less stressful, simpler…you get it, just a better year. Even though there’s nothing wrong with that initial excitement and hope for change, sadly, it doesn’t last. The key to reaching your goals is to push through and stay on track long after the sparkle of the New Year and all its resolutions has faded.
The first step in staying on track is to set realistic goals. Yes, you may need to lose 50 or 100 pounds, but starting small and breaking your seemingly overwhelming goals down into mini goals may make you feel less intimidated and more likely to keep with it.
With all the great technology these days, there are no more excuses for not keeping a journal and logging all your meals and exercise. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated, just something to help you understand your eating and exercise patterns. Writing down what foods you eat, what exercise you do, the obstacles you may encounter, and all your goals keeps you focused, motivated and accountable.
If you’re like a lot of folks who’ve read this all before and just can’t find the motivation to get going, remember this; the most important way to stay on track is to make sure you put yourself on the top of your priority list. Making the time for what you need to do and following through is half the battle. With our crazy schedules and never ending lists of things to do, we lose ourselves. Make getting healthy the most important thing you have to do.
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step”.