~Ditch The Diet~
If you are going to make the change from unhealthy habits to healthier ones, one of the first things that needs to happen is goal setting!
Set realistic goals and write them down. Just like I said in a previous post, Rome wasn’t built in a day! Unhealthy habits weren’t formed overnight and cannot be expected to change all at once either.
While it is a great idea to have a larger end goal in mind, having smaller more attainable goals will make the changes more permanent.
Remember, we are not talking about a diet with an end date, we are talking about making a healthy lifestyle change.
Write down your goals to have as a reference for later on! You will be able to keep yourself more accountable if you have written proof of what you want to accomplish.
Here are some examples of attainable smaller goals as well as long-term goals.
Smaller: “This week, I will exchange one glass of soda (or insert sugary drink of your choice) with one glass of water every day. Slowly increasing my daily water consumption.”
Long term: “In 6 months I will have lower cholesterol.”
Smaller: “I will go to bed 15 minutes earlier than usual every night this week.”
Longer: “I will be more rested and have increased energy during the day to get things accomplished.”
Smaller: “I will be active for 15-20 minutes 3 days a week.”
Long term: “I will have more energy during the day and sleep better at night.”
Set realistic goals and write them down. Get ready to start implementing your goals.