Build A Better You!! But, How Do I Get There?

Build A Better You!! But, How Do I Get There?
Happy New Year!  I realize I am way behind on wishing everyone a Happy New Year seeing that February is here but then it dawned on me, this would be a good time to connect with everyone after they have jump started their New Year's Resolutions.    Why? You may ask.   Well, it is known that most people have great intentions on making these wonderful New Year's Resolution changes to their lifestyles: Eat Better, Lose Weight, Exercise More, Be Patient with The Kids, Spend More Time With My Spouse,  Be Neater and More Organized at Home,  Go To Church/Spiritual Practice Once a Week, Spend Less Money.  But then what happens, we have set goals that are far beyond reality and expect to achieve them in the first month.   BOOM!  All hell breaks loose, our lives are crazy and we soon feel like, "OMG what a failure I am, I can't do this!"   We then go back to our bad habits because that is safer and easier than making changes. 

Now, I hope this didn't happen to you, but if it did, you need to realize you are not alone.  Too many people set their goals too high and then lack the support needed in order to achieve their goals.   This is where the Health Coach can help you.  We set goals realistically within your individual lifestyle, step by step, in order for you to experience success on a daily basis.  This drives more energy for you to continue in the next week, month, season, years, striving for even better goals!   Read below for tips to help you keep your goals within reality!

Here are some ways you can make your intentions a reality this year: 

1.  Write down your intentions and keep them in a visible place, like taped to your bedroom mirror or the dashboard of your car.

2.  Get to the source of whatever is keeping you in a rut.  Are you in a stressful relationship that causes you to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's every night?  Are you stressed at your job and feel too tired to exercise after work?  If you don't tackle the root of the behavior, it will be much harder to accomplish your goal.

3.  Be clear about what your life would look like once you achieve your goal.  If you resolve to go to the gym more, how will this benefit you?  Get connected to the result of your action, and you will be more likely to stick with your plan.

4.  Share your resolutions with friends and family.  Hold each other accountable for achieving your goals.  If you want to go to the gym more, have a friend call you two or three times a week to check on you or invite them to join you.

5.  Reward yourself with every little accomplishment.  If your intention is to lose weight and you lose 1 pound a week, pamper yourself with a massage, a trip to the bookstore to browse, a soak in the tub with mineral salts and a good book, a new hair cut/style.

Big changes do not require big leaps.  Permanent change is more likely to happen gradually than through one big restrictive plan.  Allow yourself to climb the ladder one rung at a time.    If you need guidance to get started please contact me and I will help you get there, it's never too late, email me!