Does the New Year fill you with a sense of dread?
Do you feel a pressure to have to immediately get on top of your goals or resolutions? Whether you make a New Years Resolution or not, this is the time of year when many people feel they need to make a change of some sort.
The biggest change usually revolves around taking back your health in some way. This can mean weight loss, getting fitter, eating cleaner, or taking on a goal such as running a half-marathon.
The problem is, the pressure to accomplish all this can become overwhelming and leads to a high failure rate and quick drop off. Instead of taking on too much at once, a slow and steady approach is better. And I’m talking REAL slow. This is the only true approach to make sure you stick with things.
And this is what my podcast today is all about; learning the best way to take back your health in the New Year and to make sure you stay with it:
Why Is The Slow Approach Best?
When you take on too much at once, you give your brain too much to sort through. Our brains do better when they can focus on one thing at a time. Going from no exercise and a poor diet to trying to train for a marathon and eating chicken and broccoli 5 times a day is just going to lead you frustrated and hopeless.
Instead, you want to take the small steps to get you to your health goals. Don’t think that your goal or resolution needs to be done in the first few weeks. Take a long-term approach and look at 5-6 months down the road.
This way, you can build up small habits taking a week or two to master them before adding in a new one. This way, they become second nature and you do them without thinking.
After a month or two, you’ll have a healthier lifestyle and it will have happened so gradually you may not have even noticed.
What’s The First Step?
Look at your life and figure what the best approach is to take back your health in the New Year. Do you want to get fitter? Eat better? Or both? It may be learning a new sport or even just commit to walking first thing each day.
Whatever you decide that you want to do, write it down and keep it nearby as a reminder. Another great approach is to have an accountability partner. This is one of the secret tools to accomplish goals.
When you have to be accountable to someone it makes you more likely to accomplish a goal. When we’re left to our own devices it’s easier for us to brush things off and put our goal to the side.
Next, make a list of things you want to do and put them in order from easiest to hardest. When you start with an easy goal it’s much more likely that you will accomplish it. You’ll soon master this new goal and you can move on to the next one after a week or two.
It may look like this:
- Drink lemon water first thing in the morning
- drink half your weight in ounces of water each day
- Add in one small green salad
- Cut out liquid sugar (soft drinks, juices etc)
- Have a green salad at lunch and dinner
- Start walking 10-15 minutes a day
- start walking 20-25 minutes a day
This is just a simple approach but you can see how you can start to adjust it for your own goals and the things you want to accomplish.
Wrapping It Up
If you are going to take back your health in the New Year it means being organized and planned. Have your goal in mind and break it up into small achievable steps.
Have someone you know you can check in with to keep you on track and remember – slow and steady wins the race.
If you need more help with things you can check out a few of my resources:
- My Amazon best-selling book: Taking Back Your Health – it’s available in different packages with meal plans and food guides.
- Online Coaching With me – This is the ultimate way to stay accountable and have a coach who plans out everything for you. Just check out regainedwellness.com/coaching for more details!