“I know I want to be healthier, but I don’t know where to begin!”:Goal making made easy

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One of the hardest parts of a salubrious lifestyle is starting to be healthy. If you want to start being healthy but don’t know where to begin, you have to set goals for yourself. Do you want to lose weight? Are you trying to incorporate healthier foods into you diet? Is there a 5k you want to prepare for? Or are you just trying to have a healthier way of thinking about yourself, others, situations , and things happening around you? Here’s a list of mini lists to help you on your way to goal setting…

Weight loss goals: “I would like to…”

Lose 10-20 pounds

Lose 20-30 pounds

Lose 30-40 pounds

Lose 40-50 pounds

Lose 50-60 pounds

Lose 60 pounds or greater

Eating goals: I want to...

Incorporate more veggies into my diet

Incorporate more fruits into my diet

Eat smaller portions

Cut out sweets

Cut out salty stuff

Cut out starches

Minimize fats

No fast food

Fitness Goals:

Add more cardio

Add more strengthening

Add more toning

Add more walking

Ad more running

Mental health goals:

Think positive thoughts

Eliminate negative thoughts

Think less negative things about myself and others

Stop worrying

Learn to love myself (body, soul, mind)

Stop being obsessed with media portrayals of beauty

Get professional help for a mental illness (counseling, etc)

Realize that a lot of situations are out of my control and it is ridiculous to worry about all of the possible outcomes

Be Realistic!

As I’ve stated before in other blog posts, a salubrious lifestyle is a lifetime in the making. Things won’t happen over night. Where are you now with fitness and nutrition? Learning healthier habits takes practice. There is an experimental period that allows you to see what foods and workouts work for you. You will not lose 50 pounds in 1 month. It is difficult to break bad eating habits and eat healthier right away. Being realistic with your goals will help you maintain your healthy lifestyle and will prevent you from killing yourself trying to get there. It will also prevent you from being disappointed with your progress. If you need help with making realistic health goals, talk to someone you know who is a healthy role model. But, remember that your fitness goals are YOUR goals and nobody else’s. What’s the point of chasing another person’s definition of fitness when it is not tailored to YOUR body?

Ask for Help

Becoming salubrious is hard! You will need help along the way to keep you motivated. This could come in the form of a personal trainer, telling your goals to a friend for accountability, working out with a friend, or a health blog 😉 Don’t try to do this by yourself. It takes a village to raise a healthy community.

Once you realize what your goals are, you can see what you need to do in order to reach those goals.

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