One of my #1 pieces of advice for reaching your goals is to enjoy the process. If you are less focused on the “end result” you will be more likely to stay on track throughout the journey & actually be able to enjoy the “getting there.”
I created this graphic as a summary, outlining what I believe leads to an accomplished new year! Applying these tips to my own life over the years has helped me so much when it comes to reaching my own goals
- Get an agenda & journal: get organized & stay on track of things going on in your life, school &/or work. This is huge if you want to stay motivated & on top of the things that need to get done in order to get you to where you want to be. Keeping a separate journal where you can track your progress & how you are getting closer to your goals will keep you focused & motivated. It is a constant reminder of why you are doing what you’re doing & putting in the hard work that you are.
- Choose goals related to strength/how you feel rather than appearance: you may say you want to lose 15, 20, 30+ lbs & then you will finally have energy, look great, & be healthy, but the truth is this is not the case. The number on the scale does not actually mean you are going to be healthy, fit, or have energy. You can lose weight in very unhealthy ways & sure you’ll be less on that scale, but is it really worth it? I promise if you start making strength goals like, “I want to do 10 push-ups in a row,” or “I am going to walk/run a 5km,” you will look & feel a lot better than if you are just focusing on a number. When I started making goals related to how I feel, I noticed all the difference. Some of mine were: I want to be able to do 15 push-ups in a row (I recently just accomplished this!), I want to have more energy when I wake up, I want to feel stronger in the gym & be able to lift heavier weights, I want to feel focused & energized throughout the day so I can succeed in school.
- Make it fun: get creative by having unique date/friendship nights where you have some low-sugar organic wine & cook a new healthy recipe! Go to a new gym, workout or dance class & find creative ways to get a sweat on. This also relates to what I said at the beginning of this post, I want you to love the journey. I feel like I get better at this as I get older, to be honest, but a lot of the time it’s not actually the end-result that gives us the most satisfaction, it is the getting there. So take your time, enjoy the process & don’t feel guilty if you want to stop & smell the roses for a little while.
- Stop the yo-yo dieting: this is a big one because I know so many people feel the need to “cleanse,” “detox,” or try the “hottest new diet” in the new year to make up for all of the indulging over the holidays. But truthfully this is only a short-term fix & people often bounce back worse off than when they started. Your body needs nourishment, fuel, energy, & real food. You simply don’t need to take these drastic measures to see results. Instead of cutting out all bad foods & trying to only drink water & eat veggies, why not try simply adding more veggies to your current meals. Make a soup or stew & add carrots, spinach/kale, celery, etc. to pack in some nutrients. Start drinking fresh lemon water before you eat every morning to improve your digestion. There are tons of little things you can add to your daily routine that stick better over time & if they are added slowly.
- Limit sugar intake: one dietary change I always recommend when people first ask me how they can start changing their unhealthy habits is to become aware of just how much sugar they are actually consuming & try & reduce that number. Sugar is incredibly addictive, lead to many health issues, & is hidden is tons of your
favouritefoods. Get in the habit of reading labels & understanding the hidden words that sugar is under. Pasta sauces, dressings, bread products, gluten-free foods are often full of sugar. Learn which brands you can trust & stay away from the others Reducing your sugar intake will benefit your waistline, energy, skin, & reduce your risk of many serious health risks down the road.