Whether you’re on track with your health goals or stuck in a rut, it’s helpful to step back and evaluate your motivation. Often times this can give you the jolt you might need to renew your commitment to your health goals.
Start by asking yourself about the level of your commitment. On a scale of 1-10 give yourself a rating (10 equals extremely motivated). If your answer is less than 10, then ask yourself, “What step can I take to increase my commitment by one level?” Ways to increase commitment to behavior change include writing your goals down, sharing your goals with someone else, and using positive affirmations (positive thinking). You don’t always have to be at the top of your game but it’s good to challenge yourself gently.
Make a list of your motivators…the more specific the better! Here are some possibilities…
Feel more comfortable in my clothing
Lower blood pressure or cholesterol
Increase my self-esteem
Increase my flexibility and movement so I can play with my kids on the floor
Alleviate joint pain
Now, in your daily journal (or calendar) pick one motivator for each day over the next week. Under each motivator, write down one nutrition or health goal that you can commit to for just that one day. This should be something specific and realistic that you will accomplish (the same goal can repeat during the week if you desire).
Motivator: I want to feel better about myself and have higher self-esteem.
Goal: Today, I will eat 3 pieces of fruit.
Motivator: I want to improve my blood sugars to below 130.
Goal: Today, I will walk 10-15 minutes after dinner.
Keep it simple. Imagine how you’ll feel at the end of the week when you’ve completed 7 days of accomplishments and then imagine how that will feel after a month. Completing one task at a time will help to build your toolbox for success. With these small steps your motivators will become a reality. Notice the empowerment that this brings to you…
About the Blogger:
Ursula Ridens is a Registered Dietitian, speaker and health educator. Visit her website at UrsulaRidens.com to learn more!