- August 28, 2013
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Health & Wellness
While it is not technically the start of the new year for many of us it seems as though it is and so I present 10 Steps to Achieve Your Health Goals.
The seasons are beginning to change and the kids are going back to school. You may be like me and live in a climate where it seems that the weather never changes but yet your body knows that at this time, when the seasonal rebirth occurs, it is the time of change.
Perhaps you do not have children and consequently you do not think of it being “Back to School” time but yet you know, and you had likely experienced, the thought of this new year many times during your childhood.
It is often at this time of year that we will reassess our goals.
I had recently written an article about goal setting and obstacles that spoke to this very subject. After that article published I had some very interesting comments, and questions, from both readers and clients which has led me to offer these ten practical tips to help you achieve your health goals.
Please note that I did not say your weight loss goals.
There is a reason for that choice of words and I ask you to read on to find out what that is.
Drink more water.
I always say it, and I always will, but there are good reasons for that. A dehydrated body does not eliminate well, has poor skin quality, is tired and is hungry. Yes, that is right and bears repeating… “A dehydrated body is a hungry body.” Did you know that the body mistakes thirst for hunger? Did you know that the mid afternoon slump that you feel could be caused by thirst? Have you thought about the fact that a body that does not eliminate well is not riding itself of toxins?
This is an easy first step towards your healthy living goals. Drink half of your body weight in ounces every day. This is your minimum and I promise you that the trips to the bathroom will slow down once your body adjusts to this wonderful hydration.
When looking towards goals we must work with a realistic mindset.
It is also very important to be specific about goals. In practical terms, if your goal is weight loss we must realize that it is not practical to say “I want to lose 50 pounds this month” and it is not specific if you have no game plan. To achieve this goal, or any goal, we must break it down. What do you want to achieve? How do you expect to achieve it? What are the steps to get you there? Envision the future you and what you want that future you to feel like, look like and be like. Set goals for short-term, long-term and somewhere in between. The goal can even be just for today.
Give yourself the same advice that you would give to others.
This is about respecting ourselves. If your goal is to exercise for 30 minutes per day and you neglected to go today than you have not reached a goal but you have not become a bad person. Do not call yourself lazy and do not tell yourself that you cannot succeed. This is negative self talk and helps no one. Think about what you would say to your girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, child or anyone that said they missed the gym, or that they ate something unhealthy, and treat yourself the same way.
If you have neglected to overcome an obstacle then sit down and figure out why that is.
What is holding you back? Is your schedule an issue? If this is the case than look at how your schedule can be adjusted and consider if there are any pockets of time where you are not working efficiently. Are you confused by all the machines at the gym? Then make an appointment with a trainer, take a class or just go for a walk. Are you unsure of what your health goals should be? Then sit down with a health coach (I know a good one) and make a plan.
Create a vision board.
A vision board will help you to put a true solid image in your mind for what you really want and it fulfills the idea of “If you can see it than you will achieve it.”
Add anything to the vision board that resonates with you. Some folks put tons of pictures of super models, others will place photos of trips they wish to take, and still others will place pictures of clothing. There is nothing that you can put on this board that would be considered wrong. This board is about you, and only you, add all items that resonate with your heart and soul. Simply cut, paste and then hang your board somewhere where you will see it everyday.
Eat real food.
Processed foods, genetically modified foods and many other modern-day food oddities will not help you to achieve your health goals. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables and explore this website and my many cookbook boards on Pinterest for healthy eating ideas.
You are the most important person that you will ever know so love yourself.
Rest will help you to achieve your goals. According to the Sleep Foundation an adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep per night. if you are having sleep issues than contact a sleep specialist. Ask me for a referral.
It is truly not about the number on the scale.
Nor is it about the amount you weighed when you were in high school, college, or any other time. It is about where you need to be to be the healthiest person that you can be. Think in terms of getting healthy and everything else will fall into place.
Ask me questions.
Comment below with any questions you may have. If the question is of a personal nature than email me at email@example.com. I am here for you so please reach out.