1) Find a Coach – Accountability is key to keeping any commitment. Find a friend, partner or professional coach to go along with you on your journey. Changing behaviors are difficult, having someone to help you when things are tough makes a huge difference. Couples who work out together have a much higher success rate than those where only one of them is committed to fitness.
2) Commit to a Routine – Schedule your activities like you would your work calendar. For example, book Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings to go to the gym and stick to your schedule. Protect the activities you prioritized for yourself as you would events for your children, family or friends.
3) Take it Slow – If you want to eat healthier for example – start with changing one meal a day. If you do a one-hundred-eighty-degree change in your behavior all at once it will be harder to maintain. Choose something simple to start, such as at dinner I will strive for half a plate of vegetables and more lean protein choices.
4) Set Short-Term goals – If you have a weight loss goal, don’t measure yourself to an unrealistic long-term goal. With health and wellness, it generally takes your body at least 4 to 6 weeks to start to feel and see any difference so aim for a goal within this timeframe. Once you hit your first hurdle, then set your next goal.
5) Document Your Progress – What we do not write down and track does not get measured. Write down your goals and track your success! If you do not own a journal today, pick-up any version from the store or online and set a goal to write in the journal weekly to track your progress. Journaling is such a great exercise for mindfulness and clarity.