Lets celebrate today! Celebrate what’s good.
If you’re anything like me, you set goals for yourself. I do it all year long, not just on January 1. There are some I made for myself this year that won’t happen, but that’s ok. I will make it happen some day.
Is it safe to say we all want to look and feel better? There may be some of you out there who are completely satisfied with the way you look and feel. Props to you!
For me, living fit and healthy is an ongoing process. It’s a challenge. It’s a lifestyle and a choice you must make for yourself every day.
Look at the progress you’ve made towards your goals. Look beyond pounds lost. Be happy with them. Give yourself a pat on the back for making your health a priority because there will be a day when you can longer do anything about it.
Strive for progress, not perfection. No one is perfect and you shouldn’t compare yourself to anyone. Even if you have a similar goal as another person, it doesn’t mean you’ll reach it in the same time frame, and it doesn’t mean you’ll end up looking or feeling the same as them. Take some time to focus on yourself.
Don’t get frustrated if you’re not seeing results as quickly as you want. If you want to be successful, you need to be in it for the long haul. Being fit and healthy isn’t a 12 week plan. It’s forever. (well as long as you want it to be) Celebrate each breakthrough you make towards success, and you’ll continue to stay motivated.
Example – lets say you want to start drinking more water. How are you going to do that?
- set an alarm on your phone to remind you when it’s time to drink up
- write times on a water bottle to make sure you’ve had x amount of water by whatever time frame
- drink a full glass of water immediately when you wake up and right before you go to bed. This ensures you’ve at least had 16+ ounces for the day.
Worry about your happiness before anything else. If you’re striving towards a goal you think you “want” but in return it’s not really making you happy, what’s the point? Sure, I’d love to have 6 pack abs every day of every year, but I wouldn’t be happy. Why? Because I wouldn’t be able to enjoy a glass of wine with my friends or family. I wouldn’t be able to eat certain foods because the way my body metabolizes them. Etc etc. Striving towards an impractical goal is a waste of your time and mental focus. If you focus on what makes you happy, you’ll have an easier time setting goals to support that.
My focus right now is to live a fit and healthy lifestyle while pregnant.
Even pregnant I still set goals for myself. I don’t always announce them because they’re sometimes little, mental things – one more rep, run a little harder, a little faster, etc. But they’re there.
I will continue to set goals. I will continue to live healthy. I will continue to live happy.