Summer is full of fun, but after 3 months of vacations, long weekends, sporadic activities, and late nights I am ready for some structure. Is anyone else feeling like they need a health reset after a crazy summer?
If you are anything like me, you know you need a reset but it’s hard to do because the chaos of life feels overwhelming. How do you push the reset button when you feel so far away from where you wanted to be or where you hoped you would be?
The shift into fall is an invitation to reset.
Below are the three steps I took over Labor Day Weekend to reset and restart:
1. Create space.
“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not the person we were in the past.” -Marie Kondo
How often do you try to change habits in old, chaotic environments? Cleaning out and refreshing is the first and best place to start when working to reset your health habits. If you want to set goals with your nutrition and meal planning, start by cleaning out your pantry and fridge. If you want to set goals to change your exercise, clean out your closet and get the right items in place for your new goals.
2. Align your expectations with your reality and circumstance.
We need to be honest with ourselves regarding what we can and cannot commit to in this present season of life. This is where I pull in my faith, prayer, and ask God to show me where I need to focus my efforts. Sometimes, we have to readjust our goals to match our capacity. Before you consider this “settling” or “giving up”, think of how much better you will feel when you accomplish your goals! Success builds momentum and just because you readjust your goal now, doesn’t mean you won’t get to that bigger goal in a few months.
3. Set a SMART goal— SMART goals are GOLD!
If you know them, you know they help. If you don’t… I am so glad you are here! SMART goals are goals that are set to create a plan for change. Most folks set a goal like: “I want to get stronger” or “I want to feel better in my body.” These are great visions, but they are not goals. Take your visions and break them down into SMART goals:
- S— Specific. Identify exactly how you plan to work toward your vision. For example, instead of saying “I want to get stronger” you might say: “I want to do 10 push-ups.” Instead of saying “I want to feel better in my body”, map out how you plan to do this such as “I want to feel strong in the gym by feeling confident in my weight lifting posture” or “I want to feel good in a new outfit by having pants that feel comfortable”. Getting clear on the how will help you determine if this is a goal you are ready and able to work on and create an action item list.
- M— Measurable. How do you plan to measure success? I recommend having at minimum TWO markers of success. This will help you avoid the shame spiral that often comes up when we don’t meet our own expectations.
- A— Attainable. Have an honest conversation with yourself to determine if the goal set is one that you truly can work toward in this season of life.
- R— Relative to your values. How does accomplishing this goal allow you to live more deeply within your values? This is the why behind your how.
- T— Time relative. Determine how long you want to work toward this goal and set specific check-in points to evaluate your progress.
I am praying this 3-step reset process blessed you as it did me! Cheers to the new season and the next level of our health!
Cheers and happy eating!