PLAN, EXECUTE, AND FOLLOW THROUGH HOW I WORK ON SELF-IMPROVEMENT I don’t think I’ll surprise anyone by saying that we all have struggles. Everyone has their own personal issues that either are put on the backburner or are a constant battle. Wishful thinking and positivity are great resources, but they aren’t always enough to help you achieve your goals. Along with a can-do attitude, you need a plan of action to ensure you make progress. Otherwise, you’ll end up frustrated and disheartened. In my case, the peskiest issue is staying on top of my fitness and nutrition. I have a busy life, so work and kids take up the bulk of my time. While I wish I had a handful of hours throughout the day to devote exclusively to meal prep and exercise, that’s just not a realistic aspiration. Instead, I have to make sure that I’m living the healthiest life that my schedule allows. It might not be easy, but wellness matters to me.
Until the deadline passes, I’m going to do everything I can to ensure I’ll be able to cross the finish line.
Of course, the best plans in the world are useless if you’re not willing to follow through with them. When it comes to my nutrition, I track everything I consume to hold myself accountable. Every bite of food or sip of water gets put into the MyFitnessPal app (read more about that tool inside this issue). When I don’t have the time to input it right away, I write it down to make sure I don’t forget about it. I’ve found this process extremely helpful. At the end of each day, I am able to easily monitor whether I’ve stayed on track or not. Not every day is perfect, but I’m improving all the time.
When I speak with clients, one of the first things I always say is, “Your only job is to get better.” An auto accident is
destabilizing, and improving your health after can seem like an inconvenience. But it’s the most important thing you can focus on. Make a plan to get yourself feeling better, and stick to it. If you make an appointment with a physical therapist, attend it. I understand that you’re juggling a lot, but making time to focus on yourself will improve your quality of life.
I’ve found that planning goes a long way in making my fitness goals actionable. Sometimes, that planning is something small. For example, I don’t always have the time to cook a meal from scratch. I inevitably end up eating a few meals per week at fast food and fast-casual restaurants. I know that’s not the optimal option for healthy foods, but I stay
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prepared by understanding what’s on their menus. If I walk into a restaurant, I already know which items align with my nutritional goals and which I need to avoid entirely.
Easter and spring always bring thoughts of renewal to my mind, so maybe that’s why I’m focusing on self-improvement this month.
schedule allows. ”
Whatever the issue you struggle with, it’s up to you to work on it. It won’t always be easy, but I can tell you from experience that the hard work is worth it. -Melissa Emery
In addition to these small preparations, I set larger, long-term goals. This year, I want to up my exercise game and complete a triathlon in the fall. To be perfectly honest, I haven’t made as many strides as I’d like to in making this goal a reality. But that won’t deter me.
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