Two weeks out of 52 into the New Year! Did you make a health goal for 2010? If not, now would be a good time to grab a piece of paper or open word and write down at least two goals to better your health this New Year. Everyone is at a different place and should have a goal unique to them.
My personal health goals include making healthier choices rather than what appeals to me in the moment. For example, I am in the Frankfort airport for quite some time today on a layover. I wanted to sit in the coffee shop and do some work. Instead of ordering a café mocha, I chose a loose leaf hot tea. I already ate breakfast and had my calcium with the yogurt. Although a mocha may have sounded better in the moment, I can tell you that an hour later as I write this, I am glad I made the choice for tea. It is light and delicious and does not add unnecessary sugar and fat to my day. Not to mention the antioxidants from the tea are a great plus.
I tell you this not to pat myself on the back, but to spur ideas in your mind for this new year. Try to avoid goals of eliminating your favorite foods or committing to an unrealistic diet pattern. Set an exercise goal and a nutrition goal. Make it something you can stick to for the rest of your life.
For those of you who already have your health goals and have been sticking to them for the past few weeks, congratulations! You may not see the direct results of your changes yet, but hopefully you are feeling more full of energy and proud of yourself for sticking with your goal. Keep up the good work. If you can find someone else with similar goals, that is going to be a great help. Do not start making up excuses. Reward yourself for your progress and focus on the big picture. We are cheering for you! It’s a marathon not a sprint.
Lastly, to those of you who started making great progress before the holidays, but once the holidays came, your health goals got lost in the shuffle. It's not too late to start again. Refocus. Do not beat yourself up for going off track; remember how many great changes you had made. A few steps forward, a few back, try again, never give up. Always here for you – Abrea.
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