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What are your goals?

on January 9, 2016

Lose weight, gain energy, be healthy, get more active,…whatever your goals are I’m here to help!

First of all you’ve got to be of the mind set that this is not about “dieting”! In order to reach these goals we must make some lifestyle changes! I hate to be the bearer of bad news but if you are coming from a background filled with drive-thrus and quick box dinners it’s going to be a lil’ harder than someone who already “tries” to pay attention to what they put into their bodies. The days of stopping in your local gas station for a hot dog, chips or candy bar will need to be a memory lingering in the back of your mind until it’s completely forgotten about! From now on you will be a planner, you will never be without something “acceptable” on hand for those moments of weakness and last minute occasions. Learn to carry a snack/water bag every where you go!

If you are just starting out on your journey my #1 tip would be to JOURNAL everything! There’s going to be days you may feel sluggish or have a headache, if you’ve written it down chances are you can determine if it’s because you may be dehydrated or had too much sodium. There will be days you may feel bloated or gassy, that journal will remind you to pay close attention to your fiber intake. Some days you’ll wonder where all that energy came from because you’ll want to have that experience often….everything you consume should be recorded to look back on, even write notes about how you’re feeling, what kind of changes you are seeing (good or bad) and what you’ve decided you don’t like.

Next thing I recommend is don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself! “I want to lose 50 lbs in 3 months”, those kind of goals will “weigh you down” and you’ll fail miserably. There will be set backs (expect those). There will be times you “fall” but don’t beat yourself up about it! Set mini, obtainable goals to reach each week (Ex. I will exercise at least 30 minutes 3x this week; I will drink half my body weight in water each day; I will spend 10 minutes reading my bible at lunch today; I will not go to Starbucks today) Every time you reach those mini goals put a 🙂 or a check mark by it and after so many of those reward yourself (non-food related). For example once you obtain 30 of those treat yourself with something you love (be it a pair of shoes or a manicure).

Keep in mind that not all victories are seen on the scales. It is my advice that you throw those things into the woods out back because they do not tell you the whole story! You know when you feel great so why step on to see what they have to say….I know from experience if they show I’m NOT losing or worse yet, I’ve gained I GET DISCOURAGED! Go by what your body is telling you. Gaining good health is not always about losing weight and if you let the numbers determine your mood you won’t go far. Were you able to climb the stairs at work today? Did you skip cake at the office party? Drop a point off your blood pressure? Was your energy level enough to help the kids with homework? How many people have noticed your glowing skin? Mate seem to be paying a lil’ more attention? These are all steps in the right direction and not one of which your scales had a word to say about!

Be sure to celebrate all the ways your healthy habits are having a positive impact on your life. Stick with it and a healthier you is right around the corner!

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