Creating Lasting Healthy Habits to Reach Your Goals

Goal Setting, How To, Making Change, Uncategorized
It’s interesting, when I ask people if they’ve chosen any new habits, goals, or resolutions for the New Year, I most often get, “no”.  I wonder if it might be because so many of our intentions didn’t work out from years past?  Were we too focused on ‘All or Nothing’ challenges or perhaps our schedules were too hectic to begin something new to start with? Perhaps you knew where you wanted to go, but just didn’t know where to start?   If you have failed before, or have felt that making a lifestyle change just isn’t ‘worth the hassle’, here are 3 simple strategies you can use to get going and keep moving forward despite life’s insistence on the status quo.   The first one is from a YouTube channel…
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Avoid the Quick Fix Trap

Goal Setting, Making Change
There's a quote I sometimes use now and then that you may have heard from me, “A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.” I was never really able to find a reliable source for the quote, but I like it a lot.  I feel like it takes so much of the pressure off for establishing changes to our lives.   For example, “Lose 20 lbs of body fat in just 8 WEEKS!”  As opposed to a moderate, controlled caloric deficit that will result in 20 lbs of body fat lost in 4 months.  It will take you twice as long doing it the second way, however, the weekly pressure to lose is much less.  What might you say if I told you it was a plan that…
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Afraid to Move Part 2

From the Land of Iron and Miles, Goal Setting
How do I know which exercise is best?   The other version I hear of this is, “Does (insert exercise program) actually work or is it BS?” This is part 2 of a little series of drawing ideas I had about those county fair type facehole boards you put your head into to take a silly picture.  If you haven't read part 1 go here for the whole explanation.   You might not even know until you try them Essentially, I interpret these sorts of questions as I’m a busy person and I don’t want to waste my time doing something that won’t get me to my goals.  This is usually because my answer to the above question is, “Well, what’s your goal?”  Unless you know what that is, it’s pretty hard…
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Working From Home? How to stay on track

Goal Setting, How To, Meal Planning
During this time most of us are stuck in our houses and not having a normal routine of meetings and picking up kids from school.  Also, a lot of folks are eating way too much. The number one piece of feedback I am getting from most of my clients during this quarantine is that working from home has been detrimental to their waistline. Some have commented how the fridge calls to them each time they walk by. Or, that there is so much more junk food in the house with their kids home that it's hard to resist.  Without a regular schedule it can be easy to overeat. Below are some strategies to start implementing today to help keep you on track and not to over eat!  # 1: Plan…
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Workout Accountability

Goal Setting, Making Change, Uncategorized
Accountability. Something most of us need when trying to reach a new goal or create a new habit. Since we are a couple of weeks into the New Year it's a good time to see if what you are doing so far to reach your goals for 2020 is working.  One thing that can be extremely helpful is creating accountability. There are several ways to do this.  First, an Accountability Buddy. This could be a spouse, friend, child or parent. Anyone that will support and encourage you to keep going.  For example, one of my clients made a goal to walk 10,000 steps a day for 60 days. She set it up so that if she didn't reach her goal every day her daughter would get $100. Her daughter could…
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