Fit Tip Tuesday: I Set the Goal…Now What?
Have you ever met someone who set an incredible goal and then within a short amount of time lost sight of the goal because it was too hard? I imagine that this happens every Tuesday to thousands of people.
Well, Monday is the day of beginning, the day of a fresh start, the day to set that EPIC goal! Then somewhere between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, the goal becomes a burden and the burden become a slave (all within a few hours). I’m laughing as I write this because if I could show you the amount of weight loss journals I have created in the past that had a strong Monday and then failure on Tuesday, I could start a library!
Setting a goal is just that, it is setting something with the desire to pursue it. However, you have to figure out how to get there and the best route possible. For example, if your goal is to run a 5K, you probably wouldn’t sign up for a race next Saturday, especially if you haven’t run before.
Have you ever heard of the Couch to 5K training program? I love it! It is such an awesome example of how to prepare for something, moderately yet effectively preparing you to reach your goal. You don’t start by running 3.2 miles, you start by running for 1 minute. Then slowly you work towards that goal of a 5K and the best part of the program? It’s all about moderation! The plan is in place, the program is set and the steps are steady and consistent. Wasn’t it Aesop that said, “Slow and steady wins the race”?
So why is moderation important? Because it makes your goal achievable, it makes it possible, and it gives you tangible steps in achieving it! In health and fitness we are flooded with images of “Before and After” and we want the results and we want them now!! Sometimes we fail to see the steps taken to achieve those results.
Set a goal! Set an EPIC GOAL and then decide how you are going to achieve that goal in obtainable steps!
First Corinthians 9:26-27 says: “Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control…so that I myself will not be disqualified.” Paul laid it out there! Set the goal, make a plan, run the race, have self-control and maintain the boundaries that have been set!
Here are some practical tips that I have found that really work when it comes to eating healthy and in moderation:
1. EAT BREAKFAST! This is probably one of the most underrated health and fitness tips. This is very easy to do but is often overlooked. It has been proven that people who get up and eat breakfast are less likely to overeat the remainder of the day. (And you are waking up your metabolism earlier!)
2. Get plenty of sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep your body will become exhausted and you will be looking for a pick me up from all kinds of places…Starbucks, chocolate, naps under the desk… I mean we have all been there, right?
3. Prepare Snacks that are more filling. Snacks should be a great protein source that provides energy and fills you up! (Think nuts or veggies!)
4. Plan it Out! Eating healthy is much easier when you have a plan in place. Plan out your meals for the week so when you go to the grocery store you know what you are getting and you’ll be less likely to grab that cookie from the bakery and the chips & ice cream.
5. Allow yourself SOME space to relax at times! I feel like i have beaten this point to death but it is important! Simply trying to cut food groups out of your life will make you end up craving those foods and binging. Instead allow for one small item to curb that craving.
Angela Carl Buck holds her undergraduate from Liberty University, a Master of Arts from Liberty Theological Seminary, and a MDIV with a concentration in Women’s Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to maintaining her own ministry schedule of singing, missions, and speaking at Ladies retreats and conferences, she currently resides in Westerville, Ohio where she works in ministry and partnership in the Worship and Music department at Genoa, with her husband Pastor Kerry Buck. Angela is also on staff and works as the Connections Director at Genoa Baptist Church. She a leader in fitness and health and the founder of Redefine Ministries. Angela’s passion for fitness and health stems from a lifetime of abusing food and living significantly overweight. Angela found freedom and through that process and is now living a life that has been changed not only physically but internally. She leads others to redefine their own lives, sharing their stories and moving forward in optimum health physically and spiritually. Visit Angela’s website at www.redefinewithangela.com