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If you are like me there are things you have to do that you don't like to do. For me it used to be housework. I hated it. And who ever says "thanks for cleaning the toilet"? So one day I came in to my family and said "I am going to say I did something & after, I want you to yell "Yay Mom!".
I don't deny the importance of goals... but then it is tempting to say "I'll do better tomorrow". I used to be that person. Now when I slip, forget, or realize I have really blown it I immediately try and think of something I can do to put myself on the right track....
Whether it is cooking, exploring your community, spending time with people you love... it is so much easier to set a long term goal if it involves something you love. I realized for me I got excited about experiencing the Rideau fromt start to finish-206 mi. At the time I could barely walk 50 ft.
Instead of a big party to celebrate a big number... give yourself permission to celebrate for a whole month and then make dates with the special friends and family in your life to spend 1:1 time with. It is a great affirmation that these people are special but also that you are too.
What would happen if every day you climbed a set of stairs? Or put on music while the kettle is boiling and danced around the kitchen? Or every add on TV stood up and did a small chore? Before Spark people I did not think these tiny changes would make a difference but within 3 weeks it was habit!
You can do anything when you have the time... but so often there is no time. So PLAN quick snacks and meals. Prepackage portions you make yourself and then freeze or put on the shelf or buy the preportioned packages. The foodtracker can be used ahead of time... not just after eating!
We all make goals like getting to the gym 3x a week and then life happens. I would feel like a failure. One day I went on the strength exercises of SP and picked out the easiest ones I liked. Enough for ten minutes (not many when you include stretching after). Voila the fallback plan for success
I am gullible and sometimes immature when it comes to telling myself I have to do things. So I made a rule: when it is time to exercise I have to put on my workout shoes. When I say "I don't want to" I start the self talk. "You know the rule!" "But I'm not going to exercise" I grumble....