Track Your Progress
While the ultimate goal is to reach you goal of improving your overall health, it doesn’t hurt to set a few smaller goals to work towards throughout the journey. If your goal is to being able to 100 straight push ups by summer, why not strive to add at least two more to your total every week. If Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, tackle this five pounds at a time. Keep a journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for every goal met. Goals like this are easier to keep, and each small victory is another step towards winning the war. As you being to reach more and more goals your sense of self accomplishment will grow exponentially.
Like the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. One of the easiest ways to fall short of your resolution is to set too lofty of a goal. Instead of telling yourself you want to run a marathon in one month, why not try a 5k first? Instead of vowing to never have another potato chip for the rest of your life,
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again is setting you up to fail. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now.
Form a Routine
Changing your life isn’t going to happen over night. In fact, research shows that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. That’s 21 days of going to the gym, 21 days eating healthy, 21 days of tracking your progress and 21 days of pushing yourself to a better life. Use this statistic to your advantage. Don’t tell yourself you are going to go to the gym everyday for the rest of your life. Simply, set a goal for 21 days at at time and soon your routine will be embedded into your brain.
You can also use this method to break a habit. Instead of picking up that can of soda or that extra serving of french fries, go with a bottle of water or some freshly cut apples. Eventually your body will no longer crave that greasy fast food you had fueled it with over the use and you will be one step further toward reaching your goals.