Goals and Motivation 

Goals, we all have them. What are yours?

First let’s examine what our goals are. Are you looking to lose some weight, bulk up, get that six pack abs, do you want to fit into those pants or that dress (not to mention the bathing suit) ?  Are you preparing for a big event; family reunion, wedding, class reunion? What about health reasons has your doctor told you to lose some weight, lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.? All of these are goals as well as motivators.

When setting goals, remember to set realistic goals. We live in an age of immediacy and everyone is looking for the quick fix. You will not lose twenty pounds or lower your cholesterol by Friday. You have to know yourself and know what works for you. Some of us are very disciplined and can stick to a meal plan very easily. However, most of us need to set more realistic goals for ourselves.

Some suggestions are:

  1. If you know you have had no success at sticking to a meal plan or work out plan long term, then don't set yourself up for failure. You should set small manageable goals for yourself. Commit to eating healthfully/exercising for one week or even one day. When you reach that goal, set a new goal. Some of us have to take it slow and committing to a day or a week will not seem so overwhelming.
  2. Don't beat yourself up if you stray from your meal or work out plan. We are all human and therefore are not infallible. Recommit to the next meal or the next workout. 
  3. Be honest with yourself, are you really working to your full potential (whatever that might be)? 

Is your goal just to get through a workout without stopping, how about running a 5k or ten mile run? Know that it will take work to get there. You have to do the work to get the results. Just focus on finishing. Your next goal can be to better that goal.

Make sure you are fueling your body properly and most importantly getting rest. Rest lets your body rebuild the muscle fibers that experience microscopic tears during a workout. This is how you build muscle. Remember more muscle means you burn fat easier and faster.

So what motivates you? That bathing suit, little black dress, skinny jeans, blood work? How about your kids? Do you want to be a role model for them, play with them, and dance at their wedding? Remember you have to be in this for you! You are important and you deserve to have the best health and body that you can. Sure, it is hard work but you are worth it. You can't be anything to anyone else until you take care or yourself.  

 Life is about choices.   You have to choose to make a difference in your life. 
   Be good to yourself you deserve it!

  Stay Healthy, Diane

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Let us take a moment and reflect on our lives…
As you do this, here are a couple of things that I would like for you to consider.

  • Who are you doing this program for?
  • What purpose do you have in your life?
  • Where are you going?
  • Why have you chosen to participate in this program?
  • How many years do you have left?

These are questions that we should answer daily. However, we get so consumed with our lives that we tend to forget what really matters in life. Take that time to look around you and realize just how important life is and the people that count on you each and every day.  Sometimes we could almost certainly do more and on occasion people tend to take you for granted I am sure.  Now, if you feel that you are not doing enough in your life after reflecting on these questions.  Then STOP and make a commitment to yourself that the time has come for you to change! You need to take control of your life and truly realize what it is that you want. 

Don’t look around and see what others are doing. YOU DO WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS RIGHT!
So what do we do to make some of these things happen in our lives?  We must first make the commitment that changing something in our life will be beneficial.  This change can be a small modification, which will make the transition easier to maintain then selling out all at once.  Take a look in the mirror and consider what you would like to reflect and then decide what tiny modifications are the easiest to change first.  You may do this from time to time and before you know it your life has completely been altered and you are the person that you have always wanted to be.

I am one of those people that believe everything happens for a reason and as I reflect I see change happening in forty- five plus people. Furthermore, it is important in my life to be a part of the change in your life.  All of you could have chosen someone else to help you in your life endeavors, but you chose us. I know that once you answer the listed questions and self analyze you will be happy with the person you see in the mirror.  Let’s all remember that life is a blessing and not a given.



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