The Secret Question That Helps You Make Healthy Choices
It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of your day. Hectic mornings consist of getting the kids dressed, fed, and out the door, and tackling your never ending to-do list, leaves you functioning on auto-pilot. This mindset makes it easy to finish your toddlers untouched waffles, and quickly give in to cravings.
Making healthy choices is hard enough. Add the convenience of junk food, and stress of simply being a functioning Mom, and it can feel impossible.
That is why you need a quick hack to make it easier. That quick hack is actually a single question. But first, get your goals defined.
Focus on your goals
Typically, we know what makes a healthy choice versus an unhealthy one. But, it’s insanely easy to justify our unhealthy actions. Crafting specific goals gives you a foundation, and direction you want to go. And, when your goals are vague, or non-existent, it’s even harder to see how each small choice affects your life in the future.
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Here’s a refresher on setting SMART goals
Be specific in what you wish to accomplish. Instead of, “improve my cardio endurance”, try, “be able to run 3 miles”. Change, “get a stronger upper body”, to, “be able to do 20 pushups”. Ditch, “lose weight”, in favor of, “lose 10 pounds”.
Remember, if you can’t measure your progress, you won’t know if you’re improving. Tracking your workouts is key to reaching your goals, and it doesn’t have to be cumbersome. Simply writing in a notebook after your workout how far you ran, how many pushups you got through, how long you held a plank – whatever your goals are – provides feedback and keeps you accountable.
Know that, if the goal is too easy or nearly impossible, you’ll lose motivation (you can already do a 55 second plank, do you really need to go to the gym today to reach 1 minute?) or become frustrated and give up (losing 30lbs for your reunion next month is neither attainable or healthy!). Set a goal you can visualize yourself reaching with the time you are feasibly able to dedicate to training.
Your goal needs to be relevant to you and your interests/abilities. Don’t set a goal of running a marathon when you don’t enjoy running, just because a friend did. If you aren’t fully vested in your goal it’s easy to find excuses to not go after it.
Also, to create a plan you need an end date. Goals can be long-term or short-term, and it’s recommended to implement short-term goals to attain a long-term goal. Signing up for a race or a 30-60-100 day challenge are both great examples.
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Set Goals. Crush Them.
The Secret Question
Now that you have your goals defined, let’s get to the secret question.
For example, you’re thinking, “F@ck it”, and about to inhale a stale birthday party cupcake, ask yourself, “Is this worth it?”. Force yourself to think about what you’re doing, and think about how that small action relates to your bigger goals. Practice connecting your everyday choices to your desired goals.
You see, healthy choices are not created equal. Sometimes, a sugary margarita is completely worth it. And sometimes, that same drink, is clearly not.
A real life example
A friend, and client, of mine relayed a pretty awesome real world example of this. She and her husband were celebrating an anniversary, which they like to do with cupcakes. Standing in line at the grocery, she looked down at the plastic container of 6 mini cupcakes.
Immediately, she thought, “These are not worth it.” She put them to the side, and checked out. Later that afternoon, they passed a boutique cupcake shop, and she knew that was the cupcake that deserved her indulgence.
It’s normal, and healthy, to not make the healthiest choice 100% of the time. But, you want your indulgence to be the exception, not the default. Pausing to ask yourself, “Is this worth it?”, is a surprisingly easy way to cut back on small unhealthy habits that seriously detract you from your goals.
Whether it’s blowing off spin class, or ordering a cream-laden entree, check that your choice is a conscious choice. You’ll likely be surprised how many times your answer is, “No, this is not worth it.” And, with that, how much easier it is to make the healthier choice.
Staying on track towards your health and fitness goals is hard. Add young kids to the mix and it can feel impossible. If you would like some help, I would love to work with you! Reach out at email@example.com today for a FREE 20 minute Discovery Call to see if health coaching is right for you.