Like last year, and the year before, you are probably setting new wellness goals for the new year. Maybe you want to lose weight, get more definition, increase your strength, stop eating unhealthy foods or exercise more hours a week. why do you need to keep setting the same goals year after year? Why can’t you achieve your goals? Because you are approaching it as a temporary fix when this is a permanent lifestyle change. How you can do this? You need to focus on your goals and create a plan of action.
These are a few important things to keep in mind when working on creating a plan of action:
- Realistic goal setting: Do not compare yourself to others and do not try to fix in a month something that was created in maybe 10 years.
- Motivation: Find things that are part of your plan but that are also fun and enjoyable.
- Willpower: You need to work on finding the strength to remain loyal to your plan.
- Discipline: Without it, noting is possible. Only hard and consistent work will give you great results!
- Determination: You have to understand and feel that this work is only for you and focus seriously on your path.
- Commitment: Become actively involved in your plan. It will keep you more engaged and responsible with it.
- Persistence: Nothing will happen over night, no changes come without daily hard work and effort.
- Reward: Find healthy ways to treat and be kind to yourself. Listen to music, get a massage, buy a nice book, hang out with your friends.
- Support: Find help when needed. Reach out to friends, family colleagues, get a workout body or sign up for personal training sessions at the YMCA of Mont-clair . You can also make an appointment for a nutritional consultation.
This is your very own path. Stay focused on your plan of action but don’t forget to enjoy the journey. When you find your inner-strength and your willpower you will be so proud of yourself. In this bumpy road you will really get to know who you really are; and you might love this new you! Good luck!
By Lisy Espindola, LCSW, Health & Wellness Director