There’s more than one way to know if you’re moving towards your goals.
Instead of focusing on a number or measurement (like weight loss or inches lost), try using behavior as a measurement of progress. After all, you don’t just all of a sudden wake up one day being lean, healthy and 50lbs lighter! When we want anything new, or desire to make changes, we need to practice our way to it by doing the new things we need to do, over and over, in order to move closer to it. (The great thing is that it becomes easier over time).
If you’re looking to become a successful writer, start by tracking how many days you sit down to write a minimum of 1,000 words.
If you’re looking to become fluent in a new language, track how many days you sit down to study, how many verbs and new words you learn, or how many times you have a lesson with a native speaker.
If you’re looking to lose weight, or eat healthy, track the behaviors that you are doing successfully in order to move towards that goal. Have you: decreased the amount of processed food you eat, increased the amount of veggies you include in your diet, exercised 4x/week? Have you made more meals at home, stopped nighttime snacking, and slowed down when eating?
These are all examples of ways you can measure your progress towards living a healthier lifestyle and losing weight that don’t include actually weighing or measuring. It also helps you keep momentum as you are developing the skills and behaviors that will eventually lead you to your goal.
To help with this, there are a number of apps you can use to monitor progress like: Habit Tracker, Way of Life, Done, Momentum, Habitica, Postive Habit Tracker, etc. Using these tools can help form long-term behaviors as they are a visual motivator and a great way to keep on track.
What behavior would you like to start work on developing (or dropping) today?
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