Health Goals? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself.
Lose weight, eat healthy, get fit, whatever your goal. You need to get real.Resolution road is not for you. Still, it is the best time of year to shed some weight and make some changes. Many people are committed to some sort of plan that involves less booze and food, and more exercise. Translation, less opportunity for socializing and more time to unite with others on your commitment to the betterment of your body, mind and soul. Forget resolving, jump start your year by answering the following questions.
1. a) What is your goal for the year?
b) What is your goal for June and September?
c) What is your goal for March?
d) What is your goal for the next 2 weeks?
2. For the next 2 weeks:
a) What will I add to my life to make this happen?
i.e.) 2L of water daily, 3 workouts per week, breakfast, running 2x week, only veggies and meat/fish/legumes for dinner.
b) What will I eliminate from my life?
i.e.) lattes, eating bread, snacking after dinner, binge eating on the weekend, sugar, drinking wine every night.
c) What is my daily list of to do’s that will keep me on track?
i.e.) make a daily list, journal my progress, track my food, prepare snacks, grocery shop.
This is great, easy really; the next part is where it gets real. Make lofty goals, dream big, finally do what you have been yearning for AND for sustainable results you must consider the commitments you have in other areas of your life. You want to lose 10lbs in 4 weeks. Is that doable? Yes. It means zero cheating, and decreasing your caloric intake by at least 6250 calories each week. A lot will need to change. How will that impact others you share meals with? How will you manage the grocery shopping and the meal preparation? You will need to be consistent with your sleep to maintain your energy level, etc. There is a lot consider. To achieve your big goals you must look at the big picture. Yes, it may take longer but it will happen. It won’t be another misadventure with this damn goal. You will maintain your success. Here’s where it gets real:
3. Where have my goals gone down the tube in the past?
4. What are triggers that throw me off?
5. What will I do when I feel like giving up?
6. What will I do when I fall off the wagon?
7. What will I do if I realize my goal is not going to be met?
Now, equally important is your vision.
8. What will I look like when I achieve my goal?
9. 5 years from now what will I think when looking back at this process?
10. What will I be most proud of?
You will achieve your goal. Set yourself up for success by considering your whole life, perhaps extending your deadline, getting clear on what you want, what you need, where you’ve been and where you want to go. Next January you will be conquering something entirely different.