A lot of people made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and to live a healthier lifestyle. Can you really do anything you put your mind to? Without a doubt! You can definitely do anything you set your mind to but it takes action, it takes perseverance, it takes facing your fears and most likely getting out of your comfort zone but nothing worth having comes easy in life.
Eighty percent of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by the second week in February, so do yourself a favor and pick realistic goals. You should also keep in mind that choosing realistic goals or resolutions and achieving them improves our mindset. Even a small victory is still a victory (like 30 days without alcohol) and you end up preparing yourself for a much larger one. I reset my goal list each month because some are accomplished and some need more work. When a goal is complete I add a new one to the list and attack. There is no better feeling than checking off goals.
Which goal is more achievable? Losing 80 pounds or cutting refined sugars from your diet? If you cut sugar from your diet, you’re more likely to lose weight. Take your goals one small step at a time and one day at a time. You don’t have to take shots of beet juice and eat rabbit food topped with flax seeds to be healthy. Losing weight will come with dedication, determination, motivation and a solid plan of action.
Giving up is too easy. Putting in the work and pushing on when you want to give up is what makes the change. Whether you get discouraged or simply lose interest, giving up too easily is a big resolution breaker. I have been training people for some time now and see a pattern every new year. The motivation to drop weight and live a healthier lifestyle is through the roof for about the first five weeks and then the motivation fades and clients start to fade away. Many people make their resolutions with a determination that they can accomplish them, but come February the excitement wears off and other priorities begin to take precedence. Try to set smaller goals throughout the year. By doing so, you can keep yourself on track and use the power of positive reinforcement to keep your momentum going. Start small. I’ve said this before, but that’s because it’s one of the most important tips in motivating yourself and others toward a goal.
Turn your small goals into a habit. Everything in life is the result of a habit. If your resolution is to stop a bad habit, you need to replace it with a good habit to serve the same purpose. So let’s say, for example, you find yourself hungry at 2:00 p.m. every day. That daily candy bar won’t help you lose weight. But, swapping it out for a few strawberries and a handful of almonds instead will satisfy both your hunger and sweet tooth. The most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, exercise and eat more healthfully. These are achievable goals, yet so many of us can’t follow through. It’s because we don’t take an approach that’s rooted in reality.
Gain clarity about your goals. Goal setting is not a gift, it’s a skill that can be acquired. Most people abandon their goals just two weeks after setting them. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably more or less know how to live a healthy lifestyle. It is easy to talk the talk but life is about the consistency of the walk. It’s easy to write all these things down, and even keep them in the back of your mind as you continue with your day; how many of us can say that we’re practicing these things on a regular basis? I can confidently say with confidence that I do what I say I am going to do. I smash goals because of my mindset to do so. So let’s get healthy.
The word “health” refers to a state of complete emotional and physical well-being. Health care exists to help people maintain this optimal state of health.
It’s not about eating a few carrot sticks and skipping a meal. It’s about taking care of your body and maintaining a lifestyle of health.
Here are 9 steps that will help you have the longest, healthiest life possible:
- Don’t smoke
- Be physically active every day
- Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains, lean protein, vegetables and fruits
- Maintain a healthy weight and body shape
- Challenge your mind
- Drink water
- Manage your mental health
It is a gift that we can wake up each day and be grateful to be alive. Life is too short and we only get one. The healthier you live your life and take care of the body that was created for you, the greater chance you have to live a long healthy happy life. You are what you eat. The saying is true, but the phrase cannot be taken literally. It describes how your body and health will be conditioned according to the type of food you eat and the amount you take in each day. Filling your body with toxic fast food every day will result in bad body performance. Fast food does not fuel your body properly – it just makes us feel nasty and sluggish. Take time to respect your body by giving it the nutrients and minerals it needs to perform at top notch. Stay blessed.