I have a love-hate relationship with new year's resolutions. I'll take any reason to kick-start my goals, or to remind me of what they are! But, I don't advocate waiting until the new year to do that.
We can start over any day. You can start tomorrow if you'd like! But, life is, well... life, and we have to get through those holidays and we're all going to start fresh on January 1st! Even if you're sticking to your goals throughout the holidays, January 1 can still be inspiring to you! You're just a step ahead of the game!
Really, making your New Year's Resolutions just means making goals for yourself. And, as I tell my clients all the time, if you're not reaching your goals it might not be YOU - it might actually be the goals!
Characteristics of a healthy goal:
1. REALISTIC / achievable: listen, you're just not going to go from a couch potato to a marathon runner. If your goal is TOO BIG, you're bound to fail. I actually recommend my clients give themselves goals that are so, insanely, incredibly easy, that there's no way they can fail. So, instead of this: "I'm going to run 3 days every week"
Try this: "I'm going to run for at least 1 minute, once a week, for a month." After a few weeks when you feel comfortable, you can increase your goal. You will know when you're ready!
2. Tangible / specific: You have to be able to know whether you're reaching your goal or not. If you're too vague, it's more difficult for you to work toward.
So, instead of this: "I want to get in shape."
Try this: "I want to bring 1 salad to work each week for a month."
3. Time-bound: Adding a due date for yourself helps you to break down your larger goals into smaller, achievable portions. You can more easily track your progress, and these are great times to pause and re-evaluate your goal.
If your goal was to run 3 times a week for a month, when the month is over you can assess: did you accomplish your goal? was it working for you? what needs to change? You can increase your goal, or scale back!
I LOVE to help women like you, who are tired of cycling through diet & exercise programs, and feeling like you failed. Are you ready to create a Wellness Lifestyle that is sustainable, enjoyable, and works for YOU?
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You are worthy of living and capable of creating a healthy lifestyle you love. 🤍