All diet and health plans seem to work, it's a matter of putting them to work! One thing is having the knowledge about balanced nutrition and fitness, and the other is convincing ourselves to resist the urge to be led astray! This seem to be the biggest difficultly people have, since our minds can so easily trick us into doing the opposite of what we planned to do!
Here are some more quick tips for setting and maintaining your health and fitness goals.
- Imagine a miracle happening where all of a sudden you feel healthier and more fit. What do you look like? What do you experience? What would it mean for you in your life and relationships? Perhaps you would feel a greater sense of freedom, peace, happiness, love. Think about how achieving your health goals would enhance the quality of your other aspects of your life. For instance, perhaps you would be able to do something you haven't been able to do in a while, enjoy more activities with your child, feel more confident socially!
- It's always beneficial to think about the consequences if you do not set these health and fitness goals for yourself!
- It is also important to recognize the habits that keep you in stuck vicious cycles. Consider what habits and routines you may need to "delete" or "modify" that are not in alignment with your new goals and wishes.
- When setting health and fitness goals, think of what you will do, and not just about what you won't do. Consider what wish or need your goal is in alignment with. For instance, "I will take vitality walks daily and this is in alignment with my need for freedom, health, and balance."
- Dont set yourself up to give up! Give yourself a daily dose of reality checking, and commit to "going slow". Society often convinces us that we can accomplish big projects and tasks in short periods of time. Be realistic and embrace the process on your way to the destination. Thinking that you will achieve your goal faster than is possible will only set you up for feeling bad that you haven't achieved the impossible!
- Remember "food and mood" usually don't go well together. When we use food to change mood, it can be a potion for sabotaging any health and fitness goals you have set! It might be helpful to put together your own coaching team consisting of a nutritionist, personal trainer, and psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders to help you reach your full potential with your goals and stay on track!