As we start a new year, there are no doubt some goals and plans you have in mind as the year kicks off. The secret to success is getting started right? But it’s much easier to talk about it than to actually start.
To ensure that you start out right, it’s important to make a plan and set some goals and in setting those goals there are some questions you need to ask yourself:
What is the main reason I want to change?
This may be just one thing or it could be a number of things that you want to change. Do I want to be within a healthy weight range. Do I just want to start being more active. Do I want to change the foods I am eating. Do I want to focus on becoming stronger and more toned. Do I want to start attending more classes. Or do I just want to start feeling good about myself. All of these are all very good reasons for wanting to change.
What changes can I make?
Change is hard for some. By looking at some of the small things you can do will make it easier for those changes to occur. Perhaps you are able to book into an extra class if time permits. Keeping a food diary will assist in showing what foods you are eating each day and if any changes need to be made in that area.
Taking the stairs rather than the lift and parking a little further away at the shopping centre is an easy way of getting in some extra steps. Getting out and about with the family will also encourage them to be active. As we head into summer, now is a good time to head to the local playground, beaches, going for a family bike ride or talking the dog for a walk.
What steps can I take to help make these changes?
By attending your regular class bookings, this is certainly one step that will help in making the changes occur. Be prepared for those classes by putting gym clothes out the night before if you attend an early class. Ensure that your drink bottle, towel and gloves are packed and ready to go. Making a weekly meal plan will assist in knowing what you will be eating. Even planning out healthy snacks for the day or week is a really good place to start. Planning some daily or weekly activities with your family is also a good step to becoming more active.
I will start making changes when?
This will vary from person to person but most of us want to start making changes right away. The new year is always a good time to start a new routine or to make lifestyle changes. Remember, today is as good a day as any to get started.
I will ask for help from?
If things don’t seem to be going as planned, there are many people that you can ask help from. Family, friends, work colleagues even your enerG+ boxing buddies. It’s a great idea to speak with others about your goals so that they are aware of them and can assist
where possible. There may be others with the same goals so you can work together to achieve results.
One of the most important things that others can do for you is be supportive of the changes you are trying to make and will make things that little bit easier to achieve. Asking a boxing buddy or friend to attend classes with you will ensure you are accountable. Ask those people around you for any new recipes and snacks that will assist in those healthy eating goals.
Hopefully in planning and setting some goals makes it easier to make those goals happen.
Change is no doubt hard and it’s important to not get stuck on perfection. It’s not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be.
There may be minor setbacks and that’s ok. Keep going - tomorrow is new day. Just keep showing up