How are the changes going guys? I’ll be honest, I’m procrastinating on the yoga. Sorta getting ready to get ready. I have not made a real place in my schedule to get started with it. I have been thinking about ending my 6 year yoga hiatus for months now. It’s definitely time to get off my butt and do it.
Let’s talk about this. There is a famous quote, “Commitment is doing the thing you said long after the mood you said it in has left you.” This means choosing the salad over the french fries. Calling a friend instead of Ben & Jerry when you’ve had a rough day. Getting up at 5 in the morning and putting those running shoes on your feet instead of the covers over your head. Picking up the water bottle instead of the soda can. Without any real action steps, there won’t be any success. The concept is simple, but it isn’t always easy. We want instant gratification and making healthy choices don’t often provide that.
For example, the vast majority of people that I come in to contact with who want to improve their eating habits struggle with the seemingly simple task of drinking enough water. But did you know that the majority of adults are chronically dehydrated? If you don’t drink half of your body weight in ounces of water, chances are you are one of them. You will know it because you will have the tell-tale symptoms such as fatigue, sweet cravings, excessive hunger, headaches, constipation, dry skin, weak nails, irritability, and brittle hair. If you’ve just come to accept that this as just your normal way of feeling, it’s time to wake up and make a change!
Water is responsible for the proper functioning of every organ in our bodies. Don’t like water? That’s OK toptions. Use a cup that allows you to infuse your water with fresh fruits and vegetables. Or try crystallized citrus such as “TrueLemon”. Another option would be to use zero calorie flavorings made with stevia. My personal favorite is to add a drop or two of a pure citrus essential oil such as lime.
Keep track of it. We tend to over-estimate our good habits and underestimate our bad habits. Try labeling your water bottles with numbers so that you know how many you’ve consumed for the day. For example, if you need to drink five bottles of water a day, number them one through five. At the end of the day, you should be on number five. You can also mark the side of your cup with a dry erase or permanent marker with the times of day to indicate how much water you need to drink by what point in your day (pictured).
So if this is been a goal for you and you have just not been able to implement it, try some of these tips and most importantly come up with a realistic plan that includes something you will stick to and start taking action. I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below on how you plan to implement your personal goals in the coming weeks. Remember, make them Small, Measurable, Realistic, and Time-Sensitive (SMART.)
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Jillian McMullen, CSOWM, RDN, LDN