Healthy Habits for 2017
Change is difficult. It’s hard to make a new habit and get it to stick. I often feel as though I have the best of intentions, but then don’t follow through.
On the other hand, I probably stick with my choices more often than I realize. I’m still blogging a year later (despite not having much traffic or making any money), and gone on crazy diets for thyroid cancer treatment.
My struggle seems to be with making healthy habits stick for longer than a month or so.
This year I’m particularly interested in sticking with a few healthy habits. I’m inspired by all of the comments you left in response to my post on putting myself first and I’ve decided that it’s time to pay more positive attention to myself.
I also want to help you discover and stick to a few goals that can make you stronger, healthier and give you more energy.
To help me stick with the goals I’m setting for myself, I’m making them SMART – which stands for specific, measurable, achievable, results focused and time bound.
According to the experts, by making your goals SMART, you’re more likely to achieve them. SMART goals helped me complete a 10K last year and now I’m going to make additional SMART goals to keep myself healthy and get in better shape in 2017.
Think about if the goals that you make meet these standards. Are your goals specific enough? Do your goals last forever?
Before embracing SMART goals, my goals were general, basic and did not include concrete steps. For example – “I want to loose weight this year”. This goal is great, but way too general and has no parameters.
Aiming to loose 10 pounds in six months by taking 3 spinning classes per week, drinking 2 liters of water per day and eating 2,000 calories per day is a lot more specific and defined. This type of goal is also easier to split further into more attainable chunks. Splitting goals into mini goals can make them easier to achieve and less overwhelming.
Personally, I’m being cautious about my health goals for this year. I don’t want to make a million goals and then not be able to accomplish any of them.
In terms of my timing, I’m working in quarters so that I can reevaluate if necessary in the next few months. In the next 3 months these are my top health related goals-
The healthy habits I’m going to adopt the 1st quarter of 2017:
- Meeting my 10,000 steps per day goal five days per week
- Exercising four out of seven days per week
- Increasing my water intake to reach two liters per day
Each of these goals are specific, measurable, attainable, results focused and time bound. We’ll see how it goes!
What are the top three healthy habits you’d like to embrace this year? How do you plan on making these healthy habits stick? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!