Getting healthy and losing weight have forever been the number one new year goal. This year even more of us have the goal of getting and staying healthy. The uncertainties of life have reminded us that we must focus on what we can control. Nutrition and exercising are what we can focus on and work together and work together on. Here are four tips to help you accomplish your 2021 health goals.
Intentional is where all change starts. Since we are more aware than ever the role that health takes in our lives, being intentional about wellness means it keeps a top priority. That motivation starts every morning with positive input with meditation, prayer or podcasts. The days things go awry are the days you are overtired and unfocused on your plan.
Every good plan requires specific actions. Keep it simple with fewer choices and specific ways you are eating and exercising every day. Fewer choices means having the same breakfast each morning rather than choosing between protein bars, egg bites, smoothie, or yogurt with fruit. Keep exercise simple with walking 5 to 10k steps which can be clocked on your fitbit or apple watch. A specific number keeps you set on your goals. One friend tracks the number of days she has walked 10k steps to keep motivated not to “break the chain.”
Every goal that is a priority must have a time to accomplish this goal. Wellness starts with this time allocation. Set time on a specific day at a specific time for meal planning, grocery shopping and meal prep. Plan on protein snacks so that you are preparing for unhealthy obstacles. What time will you walk or exercise? That is an additional block of time. Time to reset and unwind are valuable time slots for you, which includes setting the same wake and slumber time each day. With these realistic time blocks, you are assured of success.
Build a team
We are all in this together now with health and wellness. As we are on this journey, gather and support a team of those who are like-minded. Teams are the best way to assure you keep on track and are accountable to your goals. This year I have embarked on a new health journey to use intermittent fasting with intention. I have several friends who are on my team to support this effort. It’s also fun to compare notes on our successes.