Lose fat, get shinier hair, achieve clear skin, get fitter, get energised, eat cleaner – almost everyone has a health goal on his or her radar. Are you achieving yours?
Tracking progress can be an important part of achieving your personal health goals. BUT, there are so many different ways to track progress that it can become overwhelming. I reckon that if you have your attitude and perspective in order, then there is NOTHING stopping you! Here is some advice should you wish to use it (but remember it is also important to think for yourself):
10 little suggestions that you can implement RIGHT NOW!
- Make overall wellbeing your goal. A goal to become healthier and happier is a more positive and sustainable than setting an aesthetic bar to reach (think bikini body and get shredded programmes). Weight loss and positive visual changes will often become an added bonus.
- Keep a positive attitude: I believe that slow progress is good progress, because it is sustainable! If you make positive changes every day, then eventually you will eliminate bad habits and continue to thrive in your health well into the future.
- Be open-minded: Your perception of ‘healthy’ today, can change with time. Be open to change and tweak your lifestyle choices to keep up with your values (and science). Remember how fat used to be the bad guy, and now it’s sugar?
- Have realistic steps in place to reach your goal. Planning your food for the week, removing all crap food from your house, and finding like-minded friends can help.
- Monitor your progress on how you feel: yes the scales, BMI measurements, skin-folds (for example) can give you a tangible progress report, but of what? The numbers splurted out by these tests are only telling you isolated results and cannot tell you about your overall health and wellbeing. You already know how you feel… that is why you made health goals in the first place.
- Be honest with yourself. If you have been falling back into your old lifestyle habits then take a mental check-in, admit that you have been a bit side-tracked, get over it and keep moving forward with your new lifestyle. Sometimes you just need to give yourself an honest kick up the bum.
- Remember why you are doing it: to live the healthiest, happiest, most energetic life that you possibly can! To me, it is all about the quality of life right now and hopefully, all the way into old age. I lead an honestly healthy lifestyle because I want to be active, mobile and independent for the rest of my life. I want to stay out of hospital and always do the things that I love to do and be around the people I love!
- Stick to your guns: often when you are in the process of positively changing your lifestyle choices, others try to stop you…. Without even realising it! ‘Oh come on have a biscuit, treat yourself,’ sound familiar? A simple ‘no thanks’ should do the trick, and remind yourself that you want to be healthy, not sick.
- It’s your journey: the only person you should compare yourself to is yourself! You have no idea what that glowing goddess that runs the health food store (a totally imaginary example) has going on in her life. Just worry about yourself and that will do.
- Think for yourself! Decide yourself (based on a mixture of personal anecdotal evidence and science-based research) the way that you want to eat and live. It is important to question information that you see (especially on TV and in magazines), because you don’t know how reliable it might be. Taking up every diet that pops up is not often effective.
I hope this helps someone to achieve his or her health goals; it has certainly reminded me of mine! Here’s to healthy, happy, energetic, fun-filled lives!
A little message at the end: These blog posts are simply to help me process my own learning. I have no medical, health-science-y background… although I am studying towards a diploma of nutritional science, and I do my best to consult reliable research. If you see any info that doesn’t quite look right, then great! Comment away with your thoughts, because I would love to know more.