Thursday, January 19, 2012

Develop Good Habits INSTEAD of Resolutions

Most folks feel like they can conquer any obstacle and achieve any goal on December 31st and on or about umm…now, many of us feel like our resolutions are insurmountable mountains looming over us. I realize that this sounds a bit dramatic, but …. you get the point. Now instead of being motivating factors, the BIG Goals that we set for ourselves just a few days ago are negative reminders.  These resolutions were unrealistic.

We often fail to count the cost involved with change and focus solely on the end result or the big picture… consider the small paint strokes that will lead to the big picture. Change is uncomfortable, there is no way around it, but we don’t have to change cold turkey. Small steps can lead to big success. Instead of going on a fad diet, trying to run 1 mile every day, and doing 100 push-ups if you have been inactive, just start with 20 minutes of movement exercises everyday and adding five minutes each day.  You have to be aware of your own body and your limitations…pace yourself.

Researchers say it takes about 21 days to develop a habit. Lets stretch that out to 30 days. Start there. Not just with a plan that says “For the next 6 months I am going to... or for the year I will… just commit to 21-30 days of small changes.  Good habits are made from small steps like including breakfast everyday, adding some movement exercises each day, adding fruits and vegetables to your meals and cutting your cheat days to just one cheat meal a week. You have to change your mindset. Don’t view it as a punishment but as an investment in your healthy future. Take it one day at a time and celebrate your small accomplishments.

Stop Trying…Start Doing!!!!

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