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Pressure is Off

 


 

Article Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, December 27th, 2011

 


In my Kitchen in May of 2004, on vacation on the Oregon Coast in July of 2008, and in my sister's living room in March of 2009.  These are the places I found myself when I made the 3 lifestyle changes that have had the biggest impact on my health and happiness.  What do these three dates have in common?  Not one of them takes place on January 1st.  I, like many of you, have made countless New Years resolutions in my life but I cannot recall one of them that has stuck.  Why?  Because I was not ready to make the change I resolved to make. There is nothing magical about January 1st that makes you ready to lose weight, go back to school, eat more vegetables or be a more patient parent.  Changes to our lives and our routine can be frightening and sometimes overwhelming, and if you are not ready to commit and do the work required for lasting change, you are setting yourself up for failure.
So this year, take the pressure off of yourself. And if you must make a resolution, resolve to listen.  Listen to your body throughout 2012.  It will tell you when it has had enough.   Enough stress, enough weight, enough boredom or whatever it may be for you.  It is only when you have had enough that you will be more committed to making a lifestyle change.

Here are some tips to make those goals easier to stick with when you are ready to make a change.

  • Make it specific. “ I want to get in shape” is not specific. I want to lose 20 pounds and run a 5K is specific. The clearer you are, the more successful you will be.

  • Make it measurable. This will help you know when your goal has been met. Wear a size 6, earn $5,000, or go to Italy to find your long lost cousin. Make it easy enough a 10 year old could tell if you have achieved your goal.

  • Make it Relevant. It must mean something to you. Doing something because you “should” will lead to frustration. A goal is relevant if the thought of the outcome ( a successful race, a diploma, mastery of the piano) is motivating to you on a daily basis.

Each of my mid year resolutions mentioned above, put me out of my comfort zone.  They required time and discipline and some bumps along the way but I was ready to make them, and I am so glad I did. What will make a difference in your life?

 

Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
www.themissionofnutrition.com
Ph: 503 621 7549
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