Summer is winding down and fall will be here before we know it. Most years, fall brings a return to a more structured schedule with school, sports, and various activities.
However, with Covid-19, many of us are not yet returning to life as normal. Kids are doing school at home and most activities are on hold for the time being.
As a mom, you might be feeling like even more is on your plate and wondering how to make time for your goals along with everything else.
If you’ve been feeling off track with your health goals, you’re not alone.
Here are 5 simple tips to help you get back on track:
Start with why
Have you ever caught yourself working towards a goal and wondering why you’re doing what you’re doing? As moms and especially when it comes to fitness or weight loss goals, it can be easy to be caught up in what we think we’re “supposed to” do. The problem is that if a goal doesn’t matter to you, it’s going to be hard to stick with it.
So before you move forward with any goal, take a little to connect with your reason why. Why do you want to make this change? Why does this matter to you?
Make a plan
Once you have a clear goal, make a plan to support this goal. If exercise is important to you, make time in your calendar to work out. Even better, plan what type of work out you’re going to do at that time.
If you want to improve what you’re eating, make time to plan your meals for the week. Then make time to shop or cook. Whenever possible, prepare your meals ahead of time so that it’s easy to stick with your plan.
Start with one small step
Often, when we want to create a change, we’ll create an impressive plan and decide we’re going to change everything at once. While it’s great to have ambition, the truth is that most of us end up overwhelmed and then we just give up altogether.
Creating change requires time and intention. Allow yourself to start small.
For example, if you haven’t been working out at all, you can start with a 10-minute walk. Try walking for 10 minutes five days a week. Start with this and then you can build on as you move forward.
It might seem small, but it’s going to feel so good to set a small goal and follow through with it.
Track your progress (and celebrate!)
For some reason, most of us can easily point out our failures or what isn’t going well.
However, if you track your progress and celebrate your success, it’s going to be so much easier to see what you’re doing well and stick with it.
As you set a goal, plan a way to track your progress and choose a way to celebrate this progress once you’ve reached certain milestones.
Give yourself grace
Honestly, no matter how disciplined we are, most of us are going to have days that don’t quite go according to plan. And that’s okay.
You don’t have to be perfect, you just need to stay committed.
Don’t allow one missed workout or one less than healthy meal to make you give up entirely.
Acknowledge where you are, give yourself grace for trying your best and being human, and then take that next step that’s aligned with your goal.
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