When setting your health and body goals, it is important to have the right mindset. Your mindset should be positive, as well as focused on long-term health strategies and success. Here are a few concepts you may need to adopt into your thought process and/or your lifestyle.
Creating a plan of action for your health and body goals involves lifestyle changes. Meeting your goal isn’t enough, unless you can maintain the change for the rest of your life. The only way to achieve this is to replace unhealthy behaviors and beliefs with healthy versions. You will be happier and more successful when you embrace healthy lifestyle changes, rather than short-term “fixes.” There are no shortcuts when it comes to your health and your quality of life.
Health & Body Knowledge
Knowledge is your most valuable tool. Continue to learn about topics that relate to your health, situation, and goals. Staying up to date on the latest scientific studies and advancements can give you a preview of new methods, treatments, and even medications in development. It also helps you make informed choices about your health, goals, and your plan.
The key to expanding your knowledge is getting your information from well-known and respected sources. There are many great health-related websites online. However, there are also websites that look “official” but they contain inaccurate info. Stick with nationally-recognized sites and organizations at first. Then, broaden your scope by visiting the sites and organizations they recommend. This will help to ensure that you don’t get scammed or receive potentially harmful information. As a physician, my pledge to “First, do no harm” is foremost on my mind regardless of whether I am treating patients, writing blogs, or posting on social media. So while I am not acting as your physician in this DISCOVER YOUR ZEN program, you can be rest assured that I always hold myself to the standard of that oath I pledged when I provide you health information to guide you toward your goals safely and effectively.
Love And Respect
In the beginning, you may feel a little guilty about making your needs a top priority. In addition, your family members may sabotage your efforts, especially if you haven’t included them in the lifestyle-change process. Don’t let this discourage you and above all, don’t quit! Of course, a good way to avoid sabotaging situations is to have your family join you in this process…a win-win for everyone!
A desire to be healthier is not selfish. It is often a product of your love and respect for your family and friends. You want to make changes, so you can do more and “be there” for them for a long time. You want to change because of your love and respect for them. That’s great, but…
In order for your lifestyle changes to be successful, you must love and respect yourself. Even if your family resists change, you need to love and respect yourself enough to continue doing what’s right for your health, and ultimately your family/friends. When you take care of yourself, you are being a good role model for everyone around you. As you make changes to meet your goals, it encourages others to take better care of themselves as well.
Positive Thoughts and Actions
Negativity can creep into your thoughts and actions, if you’re not careful. Make it a point to look for the positive side of everything. You will find what you look for, so don’t waste time on the negative. It steals your joy and is discouraging. You can find something positive about everything, if you look closely enough.
Say that your goal was to run one mile but you only made it half way. While you didn’t achieve your goal, you did run the half-mile. Celebrate the progress you made and continue aiming for your goal. Depending on your health level, the reason you didn’t meet your goal may be an extremely important discovery. Sometimes when you don’t meet your goal, it’s not because you “failed.” You don’t actually fail until you stop trying to change for the better.
However, sometimes you may not meet a goal because you expected too much of yourself or you miscalculated the length of time it would take to make that much progress. In this case, you may need to break the goal down into smaller increments. Focusing on the positives, such as a making a helpful discovery, is a great way to stay motivated and reach your goals.
If you focus on “perceived” failures, you are less likely to meet your goals. The moment you realize this is happening, immediately use positive self-talk to remind yourself that this is a process and it takes time. Put things back into perspective by thinking about where you started and how far you’ve come. If this is difficult for you, you may want to start writing in a journal to emphasize the positives, on a daily basis.
TODAY’S ACTION STEPS:
1) Log in to the Fitness App on your COMPUTER – https://doctorvenus.com/app-login/ – and go to the FORMS tab.
2) If you haven’t completed the Client Agreement form and the PAR-Q form from Day 1’s ACTION STEPS, do that today and sign them. Be sure to click SAVE when you’re done. (You can not receive the meal plan and workout plan when they are released until we have those completed forms on file.)
3) Go to the Set Your Goals form and answer questions 6, 7, 8, and 9. Be sure to click SAVE when you’re done. Don’t sign it yet (you can’t come back to edit and add on to it once you sign it).
4) If you haven’t done so yet, join us in the Facebook group and introduce yourself! https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeamDrVenus/