Every New Year we see the same posts flooding social media. “New year, new me”… or something to that effect. While its great that so many people start their year with health goals in mind, many fall short before February comes around. This undoubtedly leaves a person feeling like a failure. I know from personal experience! This year though, I started early. Back in November, actually, and I have to say that these are the 4 tips that have helped keep me accountable on my health journey.
If you go into working on a new health goal, you must be prepared mentally for it. If you go in thinking you will fail, guess what? You will fail. It is so important to go in to any goal ready to move forward, full steam ahead!
This was huge for me, personally. In November of last year I started a food journal documenting everything I consumed in a day, as well as how I was feeling after each meal. I realized that I was feeling really crappy at the end of every day and decided to eliminate foods (I ended up going gluten free and will follow up on this in a separate post at some point). Looking back at the food journal at the end of each day helped me learn what foods/drinks were bothering me and also held me accountable for any extra sweets I consumed. There is no hiding it when its written right in front of you.
I recently purchased the Nokia Steel HR and I have to say, I’m loving the features of this watch combined with the free Health Mate app on my phone. The Nokia Steel HR not only tracks my step count (its comprehensive activity tracker automatically recognizes when you walk, run, swim, and sleep), but also monitors my heart rate, sends smartphone notifications (such as text messages, calls, and events) and provides at least 25 days of battery!
And did I mention, its water resistant? Need to do the dishes, shower or go for a swim? Not a problem!
I’ve been using my Nokia Steel HR for the last two weeks and love how I can track my progress (or decline) on the Health Mate app. Because my average daily steps (with no exercise) comes about to about 6,000 a day, I’ve been trying to get it up to anywhere between 8,000-10,000 and will revisit this goal after about a month or two of progress.
Keep the Big Picture in Mind
Its so easy to get discouraged after a weeks time of working hard toward your goal without seeing the results that you desire. Don’t let that stop you from reaching your goal! Be prepared for a few hiccups along the way and allow yourself some grace. You are human, so its ok to have some missteps along the way!
Do you have any tips to add to my list? I’d love for you to share them with me in the comments below!