Since spring is all about renewal and celebrating life, let’s take a cue from nature and refresh our commitment to healthy living.
It’s just part of the smart, steady reassessment you should be doing throughout the year, but with the extra inspiration of every blooming flower you see this season.
So, first, look back. Remember your “why,” or your primary motivation. Why did you want to take better care of yourself? If that’s still on the table, then keep using it. If it’s not, that’s fine – maybe you’ve found a new chief motivator. Remember it. Say it out loud. Write it in your journal. Make something tangible you can see and feel to remind yourself every day.
Consider the goals you set. With a little time under your belt, do they now seem realistic, or too big? Maybe you’ve done so well that you can make them more challenging. Tweaking goals is smart, not a sign of failure. Again, use a visual metaphor from nature. We prune rose bushes because we know they’ll grow back more beautiful than before. Tend to your health like a garden, not a one-and-done project.
Next, talk with your team – Trainer, instructor, coach, workout buddy, significant other, etc. They might have some insight or encouragement that will help you refocus and recommit.
Finally, celebrate what has gone well so far. Go on your favorite hike. Enjoy your favorite fresh fruit. Invite friends over for a healthy meal
You’re doing great!
Let’s keep springing forward.