We are half-way through 2019. Can you believe it? Many of us have been focusing on taking a long-term approach to our health and fitness, while working on sustainable and healthy habits. Awesome – way to go!!
….And now we get to the “Long Haul”……
Here are three thoughts to mull over when it comes to staying focused on your goals and taking a long-term approach to your nutrition:
1. Inner Monologue: Your inner thoughts affect your outward attitude and your actions. How you feel may impact how you react to different situations and as a result, impact your choices. Take a moment to reflect on your inner thoughts and how this may impact your nutrition. When you get stressed, what foods do you turn to for comfort? Become aware of how you react to stressors and how this stress impacts your nutrition. If you do turn to unfavorable foods for comfort, is there an alternative behavior that is healthier that you can engage in at an earlier point, before resorting to those foods?
2. Focus: What are you focused on right now? What are your short- and long-term goals? Are you looking ahead to areas of your week that may be busy and making plans to stay on track with nutrition rather than resorting to convenience foods? What’s your ultimate long-term goal and what things can you can do today, this week, this month to accomplish that goal? What are other healthy behaviors that you can engage in (examples: sleep, exercise, active recovery) to better your chances of staying on track to make healthy food choices?
3. Reflection and Evaluation: Reflect on the past few months. Do a self-evaluation. Since the start of 2019, how have you improved? What are your bright spots when it comes to improved eating habits? Give yourself credit for the things you are doing well.
What are some areas you have yet to improve and want to work on? Set your intention now for the rest of 2019. Get ready to crush these action steps and show improvement on these, while staying consistent with the behaviors that are starting to become routine.
Challenging your inner monologue, staying focused, reflecting and self-evaluating will help us stay committed to working on our health and wellness goals, and will help you get through the “Long Haul.” With commitment to these areas, you will be an improved version of yourself with feelings of confidence during the second half of 2019.
Michelle Ann Keely
Co-Owner, CrossFit Grail
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Precision Nutrition Certified Coach
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