Melinda Helbock

Achieving Our Health and Fitness Goals

As we approach month three of 2012, let’s take a look at our fitness and health goals so far. It’s no secret that most of our New Year’s resolutions lists include things like eat better, exercise more and tone up. Whether you’re hoping to fit back into that little black dress, are preparing for a big event in 2012, or are simply wanting to shape up and feel better about yourself, it all comes down to setting goals and sticking to them.

Here are a couple things that have helped me:

  • Deadlines are key! So, we all have things we want to improve on or things we would like to do. But, thinking about them and actually doing them are two completely different things. It is important to figure out your goal and set a realistic deadline for achieving that goal. Mark your calendars! Set a hard deadline, don’t pick a month or a time frame (for example, by summer I will be bathing suit ready); but rather, pick a date, mark your calendar and stick to it!
  • Replace those nasty habits. We all have bad habits, who doesn’t? But, good news for us: habits can be broken if we simply replace them with good habits. If you have a bad habit of snacking late at night for example, simply replace what you are snacking on. Maybe instead of going for those greasy (but oh so good chips), replace those with a handful of roasted nuts or some carrot sticks.
  • Stick to a routine. Eating too much is not a good idea, but neither is eating too little. It’s important to remember that your body needs a constant stream of nutrients, so starving yourself is not the answer. Start a new routine by eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. Good between meal snacks include fruit and protein shakes.
  • Frequent the grocery store. In order to make healthier decisions, you need to have healthier options on hand and in place. Most of us have busy schedules and grabbing something on the go is the quickest and easiest answer to a hungry tummy. But, if you add going to the grocery store every Sunday to your list of “weekend chores”, you can map out the week’s healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Good luck meeting those 2012 goals, whatever they may be!