Since I am making changes in my life, I thought I would challenge you to make some changes you might have been thinking about, but just have not been able to follow through with. Maybe you feel like you need a change, but just do not know exactly what it is you need to actually change. Do you or have you ever felt restless, like there was something else you should be or COULD be doing? What is holding you back? Identify the obstacle and set a goal to tackle it. Once you have tackled that goal, set a new one and keep moving forward.
Need some help setting goals or identifying changes? Here are some ideas:
1. Stuck in a gym rut? Get outside! Run, bike, sign up for an outdoor bootcamp. Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need to get motivated again. Is going outside not an option? Find a gym that is a better fit for you or hire a personal trainer to show you some new moves and help you reach your goals.
2. Ditching your long runs? Sign up for a race in the next few months. There is nothing like a race to get you motivated and ready to run. Having something to train for will keep you excited about those long runs. If you’re running alone, find a running partner to motivate you. A four-legged running partner is a definite motivator! You can even contact your local animal shelter about running with one of their dogs.
3. Not happy with your weight? If you are not already eating a plant-based diet start by picking one day a week to go meatless. Pick a recipe from my recipe page and try something new. Already plant-based? Cut out the white food (i.e. white flour, white sugar).
4. Eating mindlessly throughout the day or hitting a drive-thru on your way home? Plan your meals and snacks for the week and build your grocery list from your plan. Set aside time on Sunday afternoon and make some of your meals and snacks for the week. This takes a little time to plan and execute, but the time back on hectic weeknights is worth it! Check out Happy Herbivore for super easy, super tasty meal plans (for $5!).
5. Not enough time to exercise or eat right? There is time for those things that we make a priority. If your health and wellness are not currently a priority, they will be one day when you are sick or ill. The time is there, you just have to find it. What can you eliminate? What can you delegate? Make an appointment with yourself to get the exercise you want or start meal planning to help you stay on track.
Change is not easy and at times it can be frightening. However, change is good for us. It keeps us from getting bored and pushes us outside of our comfort zones.
What changes have you been putting off? What can you do to start making the changes you would like to make?