Pick One Little Thing: Staying Focused on Your Goals

Reward even a little effort

It’s December 1st, we’re in the thick of the holiday season, and you’re probably already oscillating between over-indulging and striving to stay healthy.  It’s so easy to start down the slippery slope and wind up looking at our tummies on January 1st wondering what happened.

So today, just pick one healthy thing to do for yourself.  Here are some ideas:

Get soup for lunch with a lot of veggies in it. It’s filling, high volume, and low calorie.

Decide today is a “take the stairs” day. Don’t ride the elevator, just go for the stairs instead.

Cook your dinner / brown bag your lunch.  Food we prepare for ourselves versus what we buy at restaurants is healthier, smaller in portion size, and contains less fat and less salt.  Prepare your meals today and you’ll eat healthier.

Do your usual cardio. Just do the usual amount.  No more, no less.  Be proud of yourself for your accomplishments.

Give yourself a compliment. Look right into that mirror and tell yourself how great you look.  Your eyes are sparkling, your hair looks great, that color really sets off your features.  You rock.

Give someone else a compliment. It can be about their appearance or their professionalism on the job or how great they are with their kids.  Pay it forward and watch the good vibes spread throughout wherever you are today.

Buy a book or magazine that inspires you towards your goals. A cookbook with healthy recipes, a workout magazine with an article on something you’ve wanted to try, a book on positivity.  Anything that motivates and inspires you.

Stop comparing yourself to others. Models and actresses are airbrushed and coiffed by large armies of experts. Everyone would look that good, too, if we had their people!  Even folks you personally know that seem to have fabulous lives might just be putting their best face forward.  Don’t worry about anyone else, just take care of yourself and your family.  The best compliment is a hug from someone who loves you.

Banish negative thinking. Easier said than done, I know.  Those broken records in our head are really hard to turn off!  Try to turn the negative into a positive.  If you always berate yourself for not finishing your to-do list, focus on how much you did get done.

The holidays can be a trying time; old issues can crop up and bad habits can creep in.  Think of the holidays more as a time to thoroughly enjoy the life you have now.  Stay focused on those goals, keep taking baby steps, and you can truly enjoy the season.

Peace.

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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8 Responses to Pick One Little Thing: Staying Focused on Your Goals

  1. Staci December 1, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Thanks for this very positive start to my day! I think I’ll choose several of those things, if its all right. :)

  2. Lisa Johnson December 1, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    Go for it Staci! :-)

  3. Julie @ Honey B. December 1, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    I love these ideas. Simple, doable and positive. Thanks!

  4. Kris @Krazy_kris December 1, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Aha! I’m all about the little things – a day at a time. It’s been my entire strategy from being a fast food eating, 0 exercising slug to someone who prepares yummy, healthy meals and gets 200+ minutes exercise. Did you see my post on the power of more?

    http://krismoconnor.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/how-the-power-of-more/

    Great minds, eh?

  5. Lisa Johnson December 1, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    my motto has been “chugga, chugga” for as long as I can remember. It just means, one foot in front of the other and keep going, just keep going … it’s amazing how far you can go when you just focus on little things … the big picture will take care of itself. :-)

    Thanks Julie & Kris!

  6. Kris @Krazy_kris December 1, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Chugga Chugga – love it! I think that’s why I connected with you and your stuff Lisa. I really appreciate being reminded that we don’t have to be perfect, we don’t have to do it all right now, and that 10 minutes counts ;-) Thanks again!

  7. Lorne Daniel December 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    Yes as we move into NY resolution time it’s tempting to want to take on all sorts of fitness resolutions and programs. I’m in the midst of one initiative – the 100Pushups program – and find that if I can keep doing that 3X a week I’m making progress. (And I run – but don’t need any prompts or reminders for that.) So many of the media articles you see list fitness programs that are altogether too complex unless one has a personal trainer.

  8. Lisa Johnson December 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    Lorne, thanks for your comment, there is a lot to be said for keep it simple … :-) L–

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