Kids Get a Fresh Start, We Can Too

I hope you had a fabulous summer full of fun and adventure.

 

It’s that time of year again when kids go back to school. New teachers, new school supplies, new schedules, and new friends. It’s a great time for kids to start fresh.

 

I think we could all benefit from sprinkling in some new school year energy into our lives and create our own fresh start.

 

Are you ready for a health and wellness fresh start?

 

Here are three simple questions to get you started:

 

1. What’s working that I should keep doing (or do more of)? This is an important question to answer. It helps you acknowledge what you are doing well.

 

2. What do I need to start doing to move forward towards my health goals?

 

3. What do I need to stop doing that’s holding me back from reaching my goals?

 

 

Before you answer the questions, it’s important to know what goals you have for your health and well being.

 

Here are some examples to get your creative juices flowing.

 

Say my goal was to reduce my sugar consumption; my answers to the questions might look like this:

 

1. What’s working that I should keep doing (or do more of)?

Keeping sweets such as cookies and ice cream out of the house.

 

2. What do I need to start doing to move forward towards my health goals?

Bring healthy snacks, such as vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and nuts to work.

 

3.What do I need to stop doing that’s holding me back from reaching my goal?

Going for an afternoon Frappuccino break. Go for a walk or take a stretch break instead.

 

If my goal is to be kinder to my body, may answers might look like this:

 

1. What’s working that I should keep doing (or do more of)?

Keep wearing clothes that I feel comfortable in.

 

2. What do I need to start doing to move forward towards my health goals?

Talk to my body in the same way I would talk to a friend. Appreciate the things my body allows me to do and thank my body. Say things like, “ I appreciate my strong, healthy body.”

 

3. What do I need to stop doing that’s holding me back from reaching my goal?

Letting my inner critic take over and say mean things such as “you’re fat, ugly, not good enough, etc.”

 

If my goal is to move my body at least 10,000 steps a day, my answers might look like this:

 

1. What’s working that I should keep doing (or do more of)?

Parking my car further away from the store. Taking the stairs instead of using the elevator.

 

2. What do I need to start doing to move forward towards my health goals?

Going for two 15-minute walk breaks at work, and going for another short walk after work.

 

3. What do I need to stop doing that’s holding me back from reaching my goal?

Coming home and plopping down on my couch and zoning out on electronics and TV for hours.

 

These are just some of the many goals you could apply these questions to.

 

Now it’s your turn. What health goals do you want to have a fresh start with?

 

Write your answers down and keep them in a place you will see them often. This is a critical step! Writing your answers down and keeping them visible boosts your chances of success immensely.

 

As my old gym teacher used to tell us over and over, “make a plan but remember that nothing is written in stone.” Feel free to tweak your answers as needed.

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