It seems many of us live minute by minute. Planning for the week would be considered long range planning. So much information is constantly coming at us solving one problem after the other. It’s hard to discern what’s urgent from what’s important moving from one crisis to another causing chaos in our life making everything seem like a crisis.
You might want to stop for a second, take a breath then ask yourself “Is my health important to me and is it important enough to me to plan for?” I will never forget the day I was sitting across from a health coaching client when they said “No, my health is not a priority to me.”
Really? You have got to be kidding! You plan for your health now or plan for your medical bills later. You either make your health a priority or your health will become a priority for you when you develop sickness that keeps you from enjoying your family, working on your job and takes your money.
So what’s the plan? What are your health goals? Do you know? If you have not thought it over in a while now is a great time. The rules are the same when it comes to planning your vacation, your business and your health. The more time you spend planning the more fun and prosperity you’ll experience.
Once you have a plan in place then to insure success you will need to keep track what’s important like your care GPS keeps you on track helping you reach your destination.
Most experts agree these are the top five most important influencers on your health and well-being:
1. The quality, quantity and frequency of your food choices.
2. How much and what type of activity you experience.
3. Sleep quality and duration.
4. How you manage family, financial and job stress.
5. Water quality and frequency of consumption.
Track your food and mood
A big influencer around food choices is how you are feeling. Food choices are made for many reasons besides hunger and these hide in your daily actions. When making food choices such a types of foods and when you are choosing to eat write it down. Writing down what you eat in detail within 15 minutes of your meal increases your ability to stick with your daily food and calorie goals. Keep a mini pad with you so you won’t have any excuses after you eat. It’s important to bring eating into your awareness. Noticing patterns in foods choices and behaviors will help you make better decisions in the future. Not sure what to eat? The USDA can help www.choosemyplate.gov.
Track your successes
Don’t limit yourself in how you measure success. The scale is only one way and maybe not the best because the weather and food additives will cause the scale to fluctuate. Monitor your clothing size, measure your waist, legs, and arms, and monitor how tight or loose your clothes feel.
Track of your food choices
How may fruits, vegetables and whole grains are you eating? Not enough check this out www.YourJuicePlus.com. Most importantly monitor how you feel and how your body is working. With better food choices comes energy, better sleep, improved digestion, lower blood pressure, weight loss and many other health benefits.
Track your goals
While your long-term goal may be to lose 10, 25, 50 or more pounds, you need small goals to keep your motivation up. Focus on improved healthy and vitality. Being skinny in your casket really isn’t what you are shooting for. You can’t control your weight but you can control your habits. Make goals you have control of such as eat 1 more fruit and veggie per day, exercise 30 minutes and go to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep.
Track your motivation
To stay motivated you must have a clear reason to make healthy lifestyle changes. Is it to spend more time with your family, lower your medical bills and / or most importantly you deserve health and vitality? Whatever the reason, write it down and keep it in front of you. Your why will keep you motivated when you hit the bumps in the road of your healthy life journey.
So what’s your health GPS set for? When you look down the road what do you see in your future? If It’s not health then you still have time it’s never too late to get started down the road to better health.
Your partner in health,
Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach