Deciding to revive a healthy lifestyle can be a daunting task. Breaking bad habits and getting used to a new routine takes hard work and discipline. However, making and sticking to those changes is always worth it.
There’s always a lot of excitement surrounding goal setting, but not much emphasis on how to reach goals. For instance, in this post, I shared four focus areas I plan to refresh this month- morning routine, evening routine, health & fitness, and home. I also listed three goals under each area. I didn’t, however, share how I plan to achieve certain goals.
The goal is important, but without a plan, it’s easy to fall back into unhealthy and unproductive habits. So, here’s my plan to reach my health & fitness goals:
Drink 1 gallon of H20 a day
A few months back, I purchased four 32oz mason jars from Target, along with a pack of reusable straws. In the evening, I place both items on the counter. I also put a fresh gallon jug of water in the fridge. Because I pre-cut my fruit for the week, I already know there are enough lemons and cucumbers to add to my water in the a.m.
Move My Body at Least 30 Minutes a Day
For the month of July, I decided a 30-minute outdoor walk/jog would be my form of movement during the week. So, before going to bed, I lay out my workout clothes on top of my dresser. My sneakers are already by the door, so that’s already taken care of. I also have the “Bedtime” setting on my iPhone set to 9:30 p.m. for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. While I may not go to sleep every night at 9:30, setting this alarm reminds me to be in bed and ready for sleep. I usually doze off between 10-10:15.
Schedule a Monthly Virtual Therapy Session
Therapy has been a game-changer for me in more ways than one. I take my appointments very seriously so to ensure I won’t miss a session, I schedule my next appointment before logging off with my therapist. I also add the date and time to my iPhone calendar immediately after the session ends. If I wait to do this later, I almost always forget. Having my sessions locked in a month ahead of time gives me so much peace of mind.
Without a plan, a goal is unlikely to be achieved. You may have to tweak your plan here and there or rework it all together, but at least you have something to work with. So, here’s to making the decision to revive a healthy lifestyle, coming up with a plan, crushing goals, and much success!