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Setting health goals without completely changing your lifestyle

Our guest Nutritionist and Obela ambassador, Teresa Boyce talks about setting health goals that work with your lifestyle.

Setting health goals without completely changing your lifestyle

How do you identify goals that can easily be adapted to your lifestyle to effect positive change?

What you are looking to do is to set goals based around building on what you are already doing well, if you are walking then aim to add in short intervals of running. If you are going to the gym twice a week aim to go 4 times a week. If you are cooking dinner each night aim to cook extra for lunch the next day. It’s about building and getting better not turning your life upside down.

What is the key to making a goal achievable?

Be realistic and plan the steps required in order for you to achieve your goal.

If you want to drop 5kg what are you going to do to get there? This takes committing to daily exercise and cooking healthy portion controlled meals. Write down the steps, make a daily checklist and commit to the checklist.

Why is it so hard to stick to goals, particularly when it comes to food? Or exercise?

Again it is about being realistic and planning your success. You can’t rely on take away options when you are trying to improve your nutrition. You must prepare your own meals and pack things like a salad based lunch and vegetables and hummus for snacks.

It is hard to stick to goals when you don’t give yourself the tools to achieve it.

What is a good mantra or habit to help you keep on track with your goals?

Write down your goals and reread them daily. Remind yourself that long term change is about committing to consistency.

Tell yourself each day that it is possible to achieve your goals and tell yourself you’ve got this!

More on creating healthy habits from MiNDFOOD:

Changing your ways

Your rituals can be roadblocks or ramps

5 steps to setting achievable New Year’s resolutions

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