When I started this blog last month my goal was to write 3 posts every week. I'm not sure where the idea of 3 came from, it was really just an arbitrary decision that I'm now committed to. Last week I only wrote 2 posts because sometimes life gets busy. Even though I understand that sometimes life can put obstacles in the way of us accomplishing our goals, I still struggled with some guilt and disappointment in myself over it. Which got me thinking about some of the clients I've worked with and their own struggles in meeting goals.
Making a lifestyle change can be hard. Committing to a lifestyle change is a lifelong journey, there's no finish line you can cross and say "Lifestyle change accomplished; I'm done." It's something you recommit to everyday. There will be days, or weeks, or maybe even months, where you can't make it to the gym, or you slip back into old eating habits. That doesn't mean you've failed. The only failure in a lifestyle change is in not trying.
I've seen a lot of articles and professionals say "Living healthy is so easy; everyone can do it!" Everyone can do it, I definitely believe that. But it's not always going to feel easy. I think it's important to be real about the challenges, because when they happen you need to be equipped to deal with them.
The number one most important thing, in my opinion, is to just be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up over a slip up will only make you feel more discouraged. When you fall short of meeting a goal, focus on the steps you made toward accomplishing it. Always celebrate your accomplishments. Each step you make toward accomplishing a goal, no matter how small, deserves recognition. If you need help setting your goals or working toward them, don't be afraid to ask for it! Nobody expects you to make such a big change all alone.
Everyone can make lifestyle changes toward a healthier life. Give yourself credit for showing up and recognizing the need for change. You have the strength to accomplish your goals.
Taryn is a Los Angeles based Registered Dietitian who's passionate about helping you be your healthiest you.