Big events like weddings, reunions and vacations often drive people to set fitness and weight loss goals. Most often people will stay pretty motivated to achieve them because there is a strong desire, an end date and the reward of looking and feeling your best for that event.
But what happens next?
What if there is no big event? How do you set a goal? How do you stay on track? And what if you slip up?
Recognize the opportunity for a new beginning.
The perception of a new beginning can be a great motivator. You get to decide that today is THE day. And ANY day is a good day to begin.
Whether it is the first day of a new year, the first day of the month or the first day of the week, this can be a great day to begin again.
You get endless do-overs, you just need to take advantage of them.
I suggest that you don’t go running out of the gate full force. You start with a step. One you’ve got that down take another. And then another. Develop gradually.
If you feel that you’ve taken a “wrong” step. Begin again. Don’t believe that it is hopeless. Don’t stop trying. Be realistic, patient, consistent and forgiving.
Set a goal a week that is attainable. Ideas:
- Pack your gym clothes the night before so you are all set
- Pack your lunch the night before
- Meal prep on the weekend or night before
- Plan your workout the day before OR set an appointment to take a class
- Specific increase of water. Example: I am going to drink 1 glass of water before each meal today.
- Specific increase of vegetables. Example: I am going to eat 1 cup of vegetables at each meal.
- Go to bed 30 minutes earlier.
- Do 20 squats while you brush your teeth.
- Only allow yourself to hit snooze once.
- Do 10 push ups immediately upon waking up.
- Plank when you get out of the shower.
- Get up from your desk once every hour.
- Take the stairs rather than the elevator.
You see these might be small goals but these lead to behavior changes that will have a grand impact on your overall success. Build on these each week. It might be a slow process but it will be a lasting one.
And if you feel like you get off track, ANY day is a great day to start over.
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