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Start with 5 Pounds

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Every year on this day, many of us begin our new year’s resolutions. Whether it’s committing to a new diet, starting to exercise, or getting more organized, we all look for areas where we would like to improve our daily performance and set some new goals for the new year.

I have a few thoughts and strategies I’d like to share with you about how to set yourself up for success with your New Year’s resolutions.

Now there is a ton of research out there and countless books, blogs, videos, and articles about how to achieve you goals, but one thing most of them seem to have in common is that your resolution or goal needs to measurable.

You can’t just say your goal is to be healthier. If you goal is to be healthier, you need to define what you are going to do to be healthier and figure out a way that you can measure it.

Are you meal prepping every night at 8pm? Are you calorie-counting and setting a limit of 1800 calories per day? Are you making sure you eat 5 fruits and vegetables each day? Are you going to drink 100 oz of water? Notice how these questions have numbers, times, and ways that you can measure your success.

Another key to success is to set goals that are achievable within a short amount of time. And then, immediately follow up the successful completion of a goal with another short term, achievable goal. If your goal is to commit to your diet for 3 months, maybe first you should set a goal to commit to your diet for 3 days.

If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, it’s impossible to get to the 50 before you get to the 5. Instead, focus your effort on losing those first 5. Once those 5 are gone, feel the pride and accomplishment of your achievement and use that to fuel the fire for the next 5 pounds. Or maybe on round two, you bump it up to 10, but keep it attainable and realistic.

The point is, momentum helps keep you on track, and you can only get that if you are setting goals that are attainable, measureable, and reasonable.

So in a nutshell, there are two things to take away from this blog today.

1) Make your goals measurable and 2) start with a goal that is can be achieved in a short amount of time and build on that success.

For me, I want to lose a few pounds and exercise more, but I’m starting with a goal to lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks and to exercise for at least 30 minutes on my days off. Once I accomplish those goals, I will build on that success a make new goals.

I hope you and your family have the most wonderful 2018, and here at WVMC we are here for you and want to help you achieve your goals in 2018. Cheers!