Deciding to get back on track with your goals is the easiest part because you can tell yourself that you will start again, right? I hear you; saying it and doing it are two different things, but taking action and staying consistent is key to getting the results you want. Check out these 5 tips to kickstart your 2022 health goals.
Statistically, NY resolutions don’t last more than 30 days, and studies show that only 25% make it past 30 days. Whereas only 8% accomplish their goals after this time. So if you’ve made a New Year’s resolution and you haven’t been able to stick to it, don’t beat yourself up. Recognise it, accept it and decide to get back on track. Today is a new day, and every step you have taken since recent years has been a step in the right direction.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your body. Learn to love your body the way it is in the present moment. The more you beat yourself up, the worse you’re going to feel about yourself. Find some things that you are grateful for about your body. For example, you may be thankful for your feet and legs because they carry you around all day in a job where you are mainly on your feet. You may feel grateful for your beautiful smile that lights up a room when you walk in.
There are so many things that you can find about yourself to feel grateful for. Love yourself FIRST and work on the relationship with yourself. This is the most important relationship you have, and believe it or not; you are the person you have to live with for the rest of your life. Do things that make you feel happy, accept who you are NOW, at this moment and look forward to the person that you will become.
If weight loss is your focus, I want you to try one thing. Try and FOCUS purely on eating healthily instead of focusing on losing weight. If you focus on the number on the scale, this number will become your point of attraction, and the number on the scale does not define you. Try to focus instead on getting healthy because when you do this, your body will automatically adapt, and weight loss will follow. Set yourself a mindset goal of weighing yourself once per week and not every day. You’ll feel more relieved, and your day will start better if you can let go of having to jump on the scale as soon as you get out of bed.
In addition, be mindful about what you eat. Choose healthy options. As a busy Mom, I eat well, but I supplement my diet with a series of natural products because they bridge the gap between what I eat and what I should eat. Every day I flood my body with 30 different fruits, veggies and berries and supplement with plant-based omega. You can find them here.
Reward your body with good, well-balanced nutrients, and it will reward you back.
It’s a good idea to set goals and not resolutions. Goals are more specific and measurable, and they can be adjusted anytime. Resolutions are made on the 1st of January, and it feels like one only has one shot at it. It may help you to re-assess your goals to see if they are clear and realistic. If your goal is to lose 20kilos in 1 month, you will be setting yourself up for failure as this is not a healthy or realistic goal. Set smaller goals that you can achieve with achievable timelines. Losing 1-2 kilos per week is more sensible, safe and much more healthy.
Life can be challenging in these crazy times, and you’ve got to make your life fun. If you mess up one day, don’t beat yourself up. Just smile and tell yourself that ‘today was one of those days that didn’t work out the way I expected and, tomorrow is another day. Recommit and leave yesterday in the past where it belongs. You’ve got to let yourself off the hook at times. Try a fun new workout for you, attend a cooking class, or meet a friend. Life is about joy, happiness and balance, not deprivation.
We all need a good pat on the shoulder from time to time and the best person to do that for us is ourselves. Instead of constantly beating yourself up, praise yourself for how far you’ve come. We tend only to see the negative aspects of our life, so it’s essential to see the positive ones no matter how big or small. Look for the good in all the small things and focus on the positive. Focusing on negativity will only bring you more negativity. Congratulate yourself for being YOU. That’s enough in itself. And remember, there is no such thing as failure, only feedback.
Don’t beat yourself up! Recommit to your health goals, redesign your strategy and try again. Just get back on track the next day and don’t go through the day feeling guilty. Life’s too short. Use the above tips to kickstart your 2022 health goals, and let me know in the comments if they have helped you on your journey.
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