Be Consistent to Reach Your Goals

By, Gabby Reece

I realized that since having my daughter 5 months ago, I got into a few bad nutritional habits. Sugar and wheat products had really found more of a regular place in my diet, rather than just being treats or exceptions.

About a week ago I promised a friend that for one month I was going to not eat sugar or foods with wheat in them. We were both complaining and then laughing that it was only day 2 of our month. I realized that even if I am not perfect this month, I have made a commitment to do something that, regardless of the outcome, I will be better off for trying.

Working toward new exercise and nutrition goals can be so daunting that we often don’t give them a fair shot. If you are not exercising at all, how about saying you will do 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week, for one month? If you blow it, and you only get in 3 days a week one week, and 4 the next, you still are way ahead of where you were before trying to make the change. If I only had a bit of sugar one day this past week, I still did better the other 6 days than I have in several months.

Look at your life and see where you want to make changes and create better habits. Write it down. I mean really shoot for the moon. No sugar, 6-days-a-week workout regimes, no alcohol, etc. Who cares about being perfect? Write down the change you want to make, profess it to a willing partner in crime, and see what happens.

If you cheat or mess up, don’t give up. Just do better the next day. At the end of 30 days you will see how far you have come. That progress will become your new standard upon which you can build improvement.

I believe we can integrate all sorts of change into our lives if we just keep chipping away at the ultimate goal. If you want to start your day an hour earlier, but only wake up earlier by 5 minutes each day, you will still make it to your goal within a few short days or weeks. Baby steps will get you up that mountain as long as you put consistent effort into getting there.

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