It’s that time of year again where we digest all that’s gone before, analyse where we are now and make plans or have ideas of where we want to go or what we want to be.
So, let’s take stock, notice what we would like to achieve from 2017;
Better health? Emotional stability? To be stronger? Healthier? Take time out for you and to find peace and tranquillity? Better job? Better relationships?
Whatever it is,
maybe these tips will help to keep you on track
1/ Make a realistic plan.
It’s ok to have a long-term end result goal but it’s important to have bite size piece goals. They are the realistic goals you can achieve short term.
2/ Get friends or family on board to help you.
Ask them not to try to tempt you to deviate from these goals.
3/ Journal your progress.
Note each time you take a workout, said no to a piece of cake, note your emotional triggers. This is a good one, as soon as you notice them arise you will know there is a danger point and you can then try to address this by getting ‘busy’, drinking more water if you feel hungry, or another form of distraction. Maybe doing 3 press ups or a round of 5 coherent breaths will help to distract your mind.
Remember the ‘stressed????’ blog I wrote before Christmas? Take a breath!!!!
(Here is a link to that blog if you haven’t read it or want to access it again. https://sgpilates.co.uk/2016/12/21/stressed/ )
4/ Be kind to yourself.
If you go off track that’s because you are human!!! Just be aware and notice, then take the next bite size piece to get you back on track rather than beat yourself up and give yourself a hard time. If you fall off it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the journey, as in the words of Taylor Swift “shake it off” and just take the next small step forward.
5/ Monitor and record data.
Make lists you can tick off so you can see your progress. This will feel like a reward for each tick you create off your list. The brain loves endorphin releases, that are created by each small win.
There are some great apps out there to help keep you on track.
Personally, 3 of my favourite apps are; headspace which I love for meditation. Also, fitness pal, to keep me on track of what I eat and how much exercise I am doing or not doing!! Plus, water balance app to make sure I am drinking enough throughout the day. Link them all through the Apple HealthKit to give you one easy place to track your progress.
Just remember to love who you are, honour the person you are and the struggles you have got through. You have the ability to change the way you think to help you, whether it is to lose weight, go to the gym, start a Pilates class.
Try something new, the brain likes to get excited and learn!
Good luck in 2017
May you always be happy and may you always be healthy