Already Saying Goodbye to New Year’s Health Resolutions?

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We’ve made it through the first month of 2019! 

 

At this point, most people have given up on the resolutions they set at the beginning of the year. 

 

If this is where you find yourself, it’s okay. In fact, it provides the perfect opportunity for you to get curious about where you need to make some changes … or set more realistic goals.

 

One of the things I encourage in my book is to trade in judgment for curiosity.

 

If you’re feeling badly about falling off track with your New Year’s goals, you may be beating yourself up and feeling reluctant to set any new goals. 

 

We often hold ourselves to high standards that aren’t realistic or sustainable in our day-to-day lives.

 

So, if you’re in that place of feeling guilty or wanting to beat yourself up … trade in judgment for curiosity.

 

Here’s what I mean:

 

If you made a New Year’s goal of exercising that you haven’t been able to stick to, instead of judging yourself to be a failure, get curious and ask yourself, “Hmmm … isn’t that interesting? I wanted to have this exercise schedule, but so far it hasn’t happened. I wonder why that is?” 

 

Get curious about why you’ve been making the choices you have. Maybe you don’t enjoy the exercise you committed to doing or maybe there isn’t enough time in your schedule. Then, considering all you’ve learned, make adjustments to your goals that will be more motivating for you.

 

You can even do this with food choices you regret. Instead of judging, just get curious: “Hmmm … why did I eat 5 slices of pizza? How interesting.” And then figure out what was behind it and find a way to satisfy that need in a more nourishing way the next time you find yourself wanting to eat 5 slices of pizza.

 

Curiosity is a much more motivating way of dealing with the choices we wish we hadn’t made. When we get curious, instead of judgmental, we stay encouraged and we’re less likely to throw in the towel. 

 

Consider the last time you made a choice you wish you hadn’t. What was happening for you emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually? How can you use this information to create a new plan for the next time you find yourself standing in the same situation about to make the same decision?

 

We’ve still got most of the year left. It’s not too late to begin again with new goals that are more true to you and more motivating to stick to. So, go get ‘em, girl!

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P.S. I love supporting you on your health journey. If you haven’t checked out my book TRUE Health: A Woman’s Guide to Loving Her Body, Loving Her Life, and Loving Her God, you can check it out here. This book is full of all things health, plus the faith-based encouragement we all need on this journey of life. 

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