It's here!!! 2019 is finally upon us. A clean slate is SUCH a good feeling, and that is one reason I love January 1st every year. Since none of us are perfect, and we will always have at least a few things we wish we did differently in the year past, having a brand new year in front of us without any blemishes (at least yet!) fills us with hope and encouragement that we can do better.
If you are like most people, eating healthier and getting more exercise are probably on your list. Even if it just means getting back on track after slacking off a bit during the holidays. And that's okay, as long as you have a plan!!! Instead of making resolutions, make goals. Attainable, measurable, actual goals to work towards. When people say things like "I'm going to eat healthier" that means nothing. What does eating healthy mean to you? You need to make small, attainable goals that can be checked off as done to keep yourself moving forward. A better thing to say might be "I'm going to bring a salad to work for lunch at least 3 days per week from now on instead of getting takeout". That is measurable and something that can be achieved and checked off as done... hence, moving you closer in the direction to "eating healthier". Or something like "I"m going to avoid sugary treats during the week from now on and only allow desserts on weekends". Again, something that can be followed and checked off as done, moving you closer to "eating healthier". You must have a PLAN.
What does "I'm going to exercise more" mean??? Not much. You need goals. You need a plan, or those words mean nothing. What is your strategy for exercising more? Say something measurable like "I am going to walk 30 minutes 4 times per week", or "I will start strength training at least twice per week", etc. You need to be able to set a goal, see that it was done, and check it off as complete. This moves you toward the bigger picture (that is ultimately too broad) of "I will exercise more".
What if you need accountability or you won't get it done??? Then you contact me. :-) I am launching my new online training this January to help keep people on track, make appropriate goals, have custom workouts that fit your abilities, and guide you towards a healthy eating lifestyle. Please message me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or want to know more. Let's work together to EAT CLEAN AND GET LEAN IN 2019!!! Happy New Year!
Terri Wentzell is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience. She is also a certified personal trainer, wellness coach, fitness nutrition coach, and sport yoga instructor.