How often do we do things just because we’ve always done them without really thinking of WHY we do them? Maybe they don’t benefit us anymore, but they are just so engrained in our ritual that we continue doing them. Everything you do should be working for you and serving a purpose. Evaluate your rituals.
I have found that it is super easy to make excuses and reasons why you can’t. Reasons that you have apparently have no control over. “I wasn’t raised like that” “It’s in my genetics” “It’s too expensive to eat healthy”
These things are just excuses we make to hold ourselves back from our true potential. Water your grass and it will grow.
This leads my mind down the trail of triggers. Whenever I am stress or tired I turn to comfort food in the form of fast-food. Taco bell? Yep. Chick-fil-a? Yep. It is in these stressful moments that I need to sit back, take a deep breath, and remember that I have other mechanisms to cope with stress and to refocus on my health journey. After a few deep breaths, everything realigns and I can take care of myself properly.
Goals are good. Let’s just start there. I’ve read post after post about how people aren’t making resolutions because they feel defeated when they don’t stick to them. Blah…blah…blah. January 1st didn’t fall on a Sunday (the beginning of the week) for you to not vow to better yourself. Now setting the goal is step 1. Step 2 is to break it down into months and make actionable steps that you can take to fulfill those goals. I believe in addressing all parts of my life, so like the OCD gal I am, I broke them all down and made three for each. First I’ll share my 2017 broad goals:
Now, my monthly goals will be much more refined and actually measurable. A pass/fail metric if you will.
Happy Goal Making!