In anything thing you embark on in life it’s best to set manageable goals. Manageable goals make what seems to be a big and difficult task easier. When it comes to getting healthy and staying fit I like to apply the same theory. I can’t just sit back and say, “I want to lose 10 pounds by bikini season” or “I want to fit in that dress I bought.” You need game plan. I was talking to my husband the other day, who literally lives his life dehydrated at all times, and he said to me, “Tomorrow I’m drinking that container of water.” Yes! That is what I want to hear. I don’t want to hear, “I’m getting serious” or “I’m getting back into shape” or “I’m losing this beer gut before the pool opens.” What I want to hear is that ONE small goal. Because when you make those small goals and then achieve them, you’re more apt to make another goal and achieve that too. You’re actually starting a health and fitness journey, and creating new habits that will soon be second nature.
I had to remind myself of all of this. I’ve been on myself lately. Lose that winter weight! Get back to running. However, it’s not that simple. So I gave myself ONE goal last week. Run 10 miles. It didn’t matter if it was all done in one day, or six days. A mile here and a mile there. The only goal I had for myself was to RUN 10 miles. Get back out on that pavement. Screw all of the excuses. If I had to run from my house to the baseball field to see my son, that was what I was going to do. It was a manageable goal. Done.
So what are some manageable goals you can set for yourself? Pick one. Just ONE. Try it out. See how you make it through the week. Once you get that under your belt, add another.
More water, eating 6 servings of veggies a day, pass up on the nightly wine three times a week (my challenge), stretching once a day, walking 1,000 steps. Something. Something you know you can accomplish. You’ll find that you can do these things. You won’t feel so overwhelmed.
Where are you going to start?