It’s a new year and naturally, we are already setting goals for ourselves.
“I’ll start this diet on the first!”
“Starting January, I’ll be frequently in the gym!”
“Starting Monday, no more sugar for me!”
Goals are not a bad thing! We need them to motivate us and create a measure for us as we continue in our progress, but how can partner with our goals in the coming new year instead of making them the dreadful enemy? We do this by making real, lasting lifestyle changes. Here are some things we can take advantage of in order to step into healthier lifestyles:
No one’s diet or exercise plans will look the same. The key is to find what works for you! Here are a few quick tips to assist you in turning your day to day eating into lifestyle changes:
- avoid pre-made, packaged items, and fast foods and eat more whole foods (fruit, vegetables, quality proteins). Aim to high protein and low carb meals and snacks!
- Plan meals in advance. This leaves less room to choose unhealthy options and also keeps you on track for these ways of eating to become your new normal.
- Stay away from fried/fast foods, sugary drinks, and any items that you know to be a hinderance or could sabotage your progress.
- Find foods and recipes that you love! If you’re dreading what you’re eating, it’s going to be hard to stick to it. At Beach Medical, we offer many recipes in our nutrition counseling that are healthy and enjoyable.
Exercise is vital to a healthy lifestyle. We recommend choosing 3-4, 30-45 minute blocks a week to set aside to exercise. Find something you enjoy doing! Whether that is walking, body weight exercises, cycling, or yoga, find a way to move your body that you will stick to and enjoy.
We must have a long term mindset when it comes to improving our health and losing weight. If we are just trying to make it to the summer, we will not reach lasting results. Keep in mind that these things will occur over weeks and months, not over night. Go ahead and choose to commit to eating well, moving your body l, and being in it for the long haul! And remember, one missed exercise or unhealthy snack does not make you unhealthy, and one healthy meal or exercise does not mean our work is done. Let’s celebrate the good steps we take and commit to a healthier version of ourselves!
Some ways we can hold ourselves accountable this new year is by finding ways to track our progress where needed. There are many ways to do this, such as keeping a calendar to schedule workouts and meals, using a habit tracker to help us start our new routines, and partnering with other people in our lives who are on the same journey.
One of the best things about Beach Medical is the accountability that is provided to each patient. It makes a world of a difference when you know that there are people looking forward to your progress and that are here to ask how you are doing. As a patient, know that we are here for you, want you to ask questions when needed, and want to see you become better!
Here at Beach Medical, we want to partner with you as we tackle the new year to create lasting lifestyle changes, not just encourage the hype of a resolution. We are on your team!