- Be Realistic – Many are now at the breaking point of their New Year Resolutions simply because the goal was set too high for them. While it is nice to be motivated, when planning for your goals also think of the work that must be done to reach them and how likely you are to get “fit” into your schedule.
- Start Small – It is a harsh word in terms of results but try not to overdo it. Working out should be rewarding and that just can’t be when things are done hastily and harshly trying to get there. Taking it one step at a time will help lessen the possibility of disappointment, injury or frustration.
- Hold Yourself Accountable – Tell someone about your goals and write them down. This way you are more likely to attain them if the person you tell also has your best interest at heart. So, be mindful, the person you choose must be supportive and those words will seem real once they are written down for you to see.
- Seek Professional Advice – That person you tell of your fitness goals may just be your personal trainer. It is wise to do things the right way. Remember you get out what you put in. So, if you spend $100 for a TV what is the likelihood that television will be a 52 inch flat screen with surround sound and all the bells and whistles that will last for longer than a year? Exactly. If the money you spend on eating out every month is more than that of what you spend to take care of your body and you have no clue of what to do, then maybe you should evaluate what is really important to you.
- Have A Rewards System – Positive reinforcement is ideal in any situation that involves hard work. I usually tell my clients to eat a snack of their choice after a hard week of sticking to the customized plan I designed for them. One may choose different forms of fun.
- Nobody’s Perfect – Changing the body is having to change your lifestyle meaning, it will not happen overnight. SO WHAT! … you are not at your overall goal in just 30 days but how long did it take you to get where you are today, 30 years maybe? Give yourself a pat on the back for that 7 pounds you did lose this month. Please remember it is likely that there will be minor hick ups during the process; so, in the words of the beautiful, talented and apparently fit Aaliyah – “Dust yourself off and try again.” Do not let any mistake cause you to give up on yourself.
- Strive To Be More – more means better than yesterday and this can be: attitude, confidence, feeling. Your outlook makes all the difference in results; positive energy is a unique asset to have in attaining health goals. Maybe you didn’t lose weight on the scale but your clothes are fitting loosely so you may have lost body fat, or you noticed an increase in strength when picking up your child, your neck and your back no longer hurts while just sitting, or you can now jog for 20 minutes when before you could only jog for five.
Finally, take charge. You too can become more than a woman or man by following the 7 steps to healthy in 2014.
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