Updated: Mar 9
We are now well into the new year. Depending upon when you are reading this, we may even be in the next time band. Chances are pretty good that when the new year started, you set some health goals. I sure did. As someone who lost a lot of weight by eating clean foods and started slipping, I set a goal to clean up that plate again! I hear a lot of talk about eating a raw food diet to prevent diseases. I set a goal to research it, and decide how raw I want to get. I set a goal to research the brain and the foods and lifestyle choices that strengthen it. I also reignited some old goals that turned to dust such as regularly running 5-ks across the country, mixing in travel.
Well I am back on the clean eating bandwagon, increased my water consumption, purchased some books on the raw food diet and brain health, set up folders on my PC to save articles in my favorites, and started note-taking. However, I really wanted to be further along by now – as in having the darn answers! Although I travelled somewhat, there were no 5Ks involved, and there are none in sight. I started making excuses: I’ve been busy working on my websites. It’s been too cold for me to fully think. Etcetera. So I sat down, had a chat with myself and decided to actually set mini-milestones on an Excel calendar-like grid, and spend half an hour a day on my goals.
What were your new year’s goals? How are you doing with them? Do they need readjusting? Are you ready to finally become the healthiest person you can be? Setting health goals is the easy part. The challenge comes in when you need to stick to your goals. No matter what your health goals are, from losing weight to drinking more water or completing a fitness routine, these tips can help you stay consistent with reaching your health goals.
Be Realistic with Your Goals
As with any other type of goal, your health goal in the new year needs to be realistic. This includes the type of goal, the details of what the goal is, and how much time you are giving yourself.
For example, setting a goal to eat more fruits and vegetables every day starting on January 1st is a realistic goal. However, switching to a completely raw, vegan diet right out of the gate might not be realistic for you.
If you want to lose weight, make it a realistic goal of no more than 1-2 lbs lost a week. If you want to lose 30 lbs in a month, you are going to be very disappointed, and extremely unhealthy and malnourished if you try to reach this type of goal.
Make Sure You Commit
Once you have set your health goal, make a commitment to yourself. There are different ways to have intention with your commitment, from getting a new journal to write about your progress, to adding different deadlines to a daily planner. This is also a good time to think about a support system and finding people to be accountable to.
Set Deadlines and Schedules
Deadlines are wonderful when it comes to reaching your health goals! Instead of losing steam after a few weeks into the new year, the schedules and deadlines give you something to keep checking on. For example, if you have fitness goals, you can have mini goals, like running a mile by the end of month one, running 2 miles by the end of month two, and so on.
Think about your health goal and how you can split it up into smaller goals, then set a schedule for each of those goals that is realistic and attainable. If you miss a milestone, don’t get discouraged or give up. Have a chat with yourself regarding how you could have done things better, then take your own advice as you move forward.
Find the Best Way to Stay Accountable
It is often difficult to keep up with your goals if you are not accountable in some way, whether to yourself or to other people. Here are some ways you can be accountable in order to stay motivated with your health goals:
Tell a friend or loved one about your health goal.
Start logging your progress in a journal or planner.
Talk about your goal and progress on social media.
Start a blog to keep track of your health goal.
Focus on Lifestyle Changes
The best health goals are not short-term or temporary. They are going to improve your daily habits and become lifestyle changes in one way or another. Goals like exercising more, spending more time outdoors for the vitamin D, drinking more water, improving your nutrition and losing weight aren’t just about the short-term results, but long-term lifestyle changes. This is where you should spend your time and energy, and focus on where you want to take your health and lifestyle. It’s all about You!