It’s February 2nd and Phil saw his shadow so we have 6 more weeks of winter. By now most of us have blown our New Year’s Resolutions.
Never Mind, Hit Rewind.
When setting a goal you need to get going the moment you create it. The “I’ll start on Monday” doesn’t really work. It allows you to engage in that crappy behavior a few more days and is only going to make it harder when you start.
Find one small thing that you can commit to changing today. It has to be something that is so attainable that you can fulfill it tomorrow, and the next day; and the next. Then, overtime, you commit to more.
May I recommend something small that offers a HUGE change. Drink 1 gallon of water a day. 128 oz. Makes your skin look great, helps with metabolism and decreases cellulite. This is a great jumping off goal. 21 days to a new behavior. Get a great water bottle to take on the go, have at your desk and helps the environment.
Here is 5 steps to get you started on setting a goal.
1. Be Specific: I want to lose 20 pounds. Then write what you are going to do. Take a fitness class, walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes, change my diet…
2. Know exactly what you want: “I want to fit into my prom dress.” “I want to live a healthier lifestyle so I will be around longer for my kids.” “I want to be able to see my feet.”
3. Be Realistic: How much time can you commit to? If you take a class you also have to add in travel time and a shower. If you are changing your diet you need to have time for shopping and prep. You may need to prepare and portion your foods in advance.
4. Get Back Up: If you fall off the wagon just pick yourself back up. Not everybody is perfect. Just remember having one bad day is not an excuse to have another.