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3 Ways To Supercharge Your Goals This Year

This is the time of year when most of us start thinking about our goals for the new year. In doing so, we may look back on last year and berate ourselves because things didn’t quite work out the way we’d hoped. Well, never mind, it’s not too late to work on your health goals. January has just begun and with some thought, you can set about making goals that will help you succeed this year.

In order to set goals that will give you the results you want, you must:

  1. Be clear about what you want. No one knows your body like you do, and no one knows your needs like you do. So, what do you want? Do you simply want to lose weight in order to look better? Or do you want to lose weight because it will help you lower your A1C? If yes to the latter, what would you want that A1C to be? Write your goals down in a clear and concise manner and you will be on the first step to success.
  2. Use the SMART system to define your health goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, REALISTIC, and TIME BOUND. Here is an example: I will lose ten pounds in ten weeks. Specific – the amount of weight you want to lose. Measurable – you can measure your weight loss. Achievable – this is a reasonable amount of weight to lose according to health experts. Realistic – experts say you should aim at losing 1 to 2 pounds a week, and Time bound is necessary to help you achieve this goal in a timely manner.
  3. Hold yourself accountable. When you work for someone, he/she holds you accountable. In order to stick to your goals, it might be a good idea to have someone hold you accountable. Tell them what your goals are, why you are working toward them and how you would like that person to help you. This support will help keep you in line when you are tempted to give up or when you fall off the wagon.

A new year is a time to begin anew — reflect on the past, take a critical look at what worked and what didn’t and get started on those goals. By following the steps above, you can supercharge your goals and supercharge your health this year.

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Get Back On Track With Your Resolutions

It may be a bit late in the day to talk about New Year’s resolutions, seeing the year is almost half-way through. And according to statistics, less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% actually accomplish them. Still, you may want to be one of those people who want to get back on the wagon even though you may have fallen off.

Why do so few people stick to their New Year’s resolutions? When making resolutions we need to be mindful of where they fit into our overall goals, objectives, and schedules. There’s no point in making a resolution to workout for half an hour every morning if you have to leave for work at 5.30. Be realistic when you are setting your goals.

BTW, what’s the difference between goals and resolutions? Resolutions are broad and vague, goals are actionable, realistic, and measurable: I will walk 30 mins a day, 5 days a week. That’s a goal. A resolution would be to lose 20 pounds for your sister’s wedding. It does not state how you are going to do it or how you will measure your progress and it may or may not be realistic.

Sticking to your resolutions requires commitment. We are all given twenty-four hours every day to work with, but we often try to cram so many things into one day that we barely have enough time to sleep. We need to prioritize our commitments so we don’t run ourselves ragged and have little to show for it at the end of the day.

As you examine your life, ask God to show you where you need to loosen the reins and where you need to tighten, what things you should give up and what you should include in your day to day commitments. Once you have prayerfully considered these things, then you need to stop procrastinating and take the right action that would lead to a sense of balance in your life.

As you work on your goals, ask yourself the following questions. You may write the answers in your journal:

  • What commitments do I need to make?
  • Are there any commitments I should eliminate?
  • How dedicated am I to my commitments?

Once you do those things, you may be in a better position to get back on track with your resolutions.

So, what are your resolutions? To lose weight? Get your diabetes and/or blood pressure under control? Or maybe it’s simply to enjoy life. Whatever it is, you may need help starting or getting back on track. If so, fill out the form below and take the first step to improving your life.

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monday motivation – change your thoughts

Many people have said the same above words or something similar – Where the mind goes the man follows – Joyce Meyer

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.

For as he thinketh in his heart so is he. Proverbs 23: 7

If you agree with these quotes, how about changing the way you think? First, begin by observing your thoughts. Every time you find yourself thinking a negative thought, turn it around to a positive one.

Let’s take this thought: Negative – My mother was overweight, my sister is overweight, I will always be overweight.

Positive – I am taking daily steps that will help me lose the weight.

Doesn’t that sound much better? If you say it often enough, you will begin to believe it and pretty soon you will find your actions begin to align with your thoughts. You begin to eat healthier, exercise more and do all the little things to help you advance toward your goals.

Now I’m not saying that positive thinking is some magic word you use to achieve your goals. When I say we must think positive thoughts, I’m saying we must think thoughts that line up with God’s will for your life. And, believe it or not, His will is for you to be healthy. Notice I didn’t say His will is for you to lose 20 pounds. But if you need to lose 20 pounds in order to be healthy and have the energy to live life to the fullest, then God wants you to lose them.

God’s word is full of positive affirmations to help you progress toward your goals and improve your life. This is one of my favorites: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4 : 13

Get into the habit of studying God’s word and you will find many passages to encourage you and help you change your way of thinking and your life.

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Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3: 13 – 14

Forget the past

With the new year just under a month old, some of you may still be thinking about what goals you can set for your health this year. Or, if you have already set them, how can you achieve those goals? Usually, when we are trying to achieve something worthwhile, doubts may crop up in our minds. And with the doubts will come memories of past failures. You joined a weight loss program a few years ago, lost a few pounds then gained them back with a few more. You took out a gym membership, went faithfully for the first couple weeks then a new work schedule sent all your efforts into a tailspin. On and on, your mind keeps spinning out these negative reminders until you throw up your hands in disgust and say, “Why bother?”

Don’t give up

If you have read this far, know that it is always too soon to give up. The verse above is a quote from the apostle Paul telling the church at Philippi to forget what is behind and strain toward the prize that lies ahead. In other words, forget the failures, forget the efforts that didn’t produce the results you’d hoped for and “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” This does not apply only to health and fitness, but to anything in your past that may be hindering you from moving forward.

Press on

Does God want you to be fit and healthy? You bet He does. He  doesn’t want you to be sluggish and burdened by all kinds of diseases. He wants you well so you can serve Him and others and be all He created you to be. So, today, forget what is behind, press toward that goal of radiant health and see the changes begin to take place in your body. God bless.

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Taking The Next Step

As I said in my last post, it’s now July and some of you may still be wondering what happened to those lovely New Year’s resolutions you made. Well, you are not the only one. We almost all do it. We make New Year’s resolutions to get healthy, to exercise more and to live a more happy and positive life. Then, as they say, life happens. We fall off the ball and eventually we’re right back where we started a year ago.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of losing our motivation to continue. Reaching the goal might be taking longer than we hoped or harder than we anticipated. But there are things we can do to boost our motivation along the way.

Tell other people about your goal or invite them to join you.

Work on taking small steps every day that leads you towards your goal.

Celebrate your success at preset milestones. Did you go to the gym every day this week? Then treat yourself by going out with friends and don’t be afraid to brag about your success.

Work on changing your thought patterns as you work on the new behavior. If you don’t change how you think about eating healthy, you will likely have trouble maintaining it.

Have fun and laugh at yourself when you slip. But get back on track as soon as you can.

The statistics are scary. If only eight percent of people setting New Year’s resolutions are able to achieve them, then why do so many attempt them year after year and fail? It’s not because they are lazy. Often it’s simply because we set too high a goal or try to achieve too many resolutions at once.

Achieving your goals is a lot like taking a long trip. You wouldn’t set out without a plan on how you were going to get there, where you’d be staying or even what you planned to take with you.

So when you find yourself slipping, take the time to reassess and revamp the plan on how you are going to reach that health goal. Hit the gym, turn down that piece of cake and eat less processed foods. Give yourself a reward, and then get out and do it all over again tomorrow. It’ll be worth it when you finally achieve it.

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