I hear time and time again that "I'll start on Monday..." It's like Monday has some magical quality that upon waking up you will be injected with motivation to eat healthy, jog a few miles, and become a confident new you. If it was that easy, then I would be out of a job. Becoming a healthier you is a journey that is ongoing and isn't going to all come together on some perfect day. Life is always going to "get in the way" and place obstacles in your path. The key to getting healthy is to just jump in, get your feet wet, and find your way through step by step.
- Make a list of your ultimate health goals, no matter how large they may be (i.e. I want to lose 50 lbs in the next 12 months)
- Break each goal into smaller pieces so that they are more attainable (i.e. I want to lose 5 lbs in the next 4 weeks)
- Finally, break each short-term goal into a small behavior change that will lead to accomplishment of your short-term goals. (i.e. I will replace my evening bowl of ice cream with a bowl of fruit instead)
- Once you have planned your long-term and short-term goals, start knocking out your weekly goals one by one and building your motivation along the way. Small changes add up to big accomplishments for the long term.
There's going to be days when all you want to do is curl up on the couch and watch some television while eating a piece of chocolate, but there are going to be these kind of setbacks in all areas of our lives. These setbacks though do not have to become habits. If you acknowledge that you have had a "bad" day, and jump back into your healthy routine the next day, then you are telling yourself that you are in control of your health and on your way to making permanent healthy lifestyle changes.
Making lifestyle changes isn't easy, and there is not going to be a "perfect" stress-free, extra motivating time of the year to start making such changes. Anything worth having takes hard work and taking risks, so jump all in, take one step at a time, and before long you will be on track to a new and improved you!
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So instead of getting overwhelmed at the thought of sacrificing time and energy to accomplish your ultimate goal, and sitting around thinking of the "perfect" time to start getting healthy, just take it one step at a time