Your simple guide – Planning for the long term.
Taking a long-term approach to improving your health and fitness goals means we need to focus on intent, objectives, goals and a mission to accomplish.
The big picture mission is simple, we want to be happy, healthy and strong – both mentally and physically.
Being consistent with healthy habits like drinking water, meal prepping, and eating real foods is key to accomplishing your long-term goals.
Intent without action accomplishes nothing.
Setting goals is easy.
Being accountable for those goals is the hard part – and that’s where working with a coach in a programme customised to your needs is important.
First, let’s start with mapping out a long-term approach.
Follow these three easy steps:
1 – Begin with the end in mind: What do you want to achieve? How would you like to feel when you get there?
2 – Start small. The little wins will snowball into larger wins down the hill. Consistency wins.
3 – Establish SMART Goals.
What are SMART goals?
Glad you asked!
S – Specific; Should be simple and defined what you are going to do.
M – Measure; Tangible evidence so you can achieve the goal.
A – Attainable; They should push you just outside your comfort zone.
R – Results-Focused; Goals should measure outcomes, not activities.
T – Time-Bound; Goals should be linked to a time frame that creates a sense of urgency.
Here’s an example
This what your goals may look like if you use the same process to plan out some nutrition goals:
– I will eat a balanced breakfast using the plate method at least 5 days out of seven each week.
– I will prep my lunches in advance using 3 compartment containers filled with balanced portions of lean proteins, green vegetables, healthy fats, and healthy carbohydrates for the next month to deal with busy times of the day.
– I will eat balanced evening meals with lean proteins, green vegetables, healthy fats, and healthy carbohydrates for nightly for the next 3 months.
– In the next 6 months, I will log my meals daily to learn about my macronutrient balance and work with my nutrition coach to stay accountable for losing 15 kilos in my customized nutrition coaching program.
– I will drink at least one glass of water every time I consume food.
– I will enlist the support of a colleague, family member, or friend as an accountability partner to make sure that we are eating healthy balanced meals 90% of the time, and getting to the gym at 2-4 times per week.
– I will work with my nutrition coach to stay accountable for losing 15 kilos in my customized nutrition coaching program.
It’s your turn!
What does it look like for YOU to take a long-term approach when it comes to YOUR goals?
Use the SMART framework, identify your focus points and sit down with your nutrition coach to get a plan in place for accomplishing your long term goals!
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