Take Inventory: Your Guide to Reviewing Your Health Goals

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Six months down. Six months to go.

As a meme we recently saw on Instagram goes—”June is already over? Julying.”

Does anyone else feel like it was only a week ago that we were clinking our champagne glasses and welcoming in the new year? Like it was only a few days ago that we were making our list of New Year’s Resolutions, looking hopefully ahead to 2018 as the year we finally take the steps to better our health?

As we say hello to the second half of 2018, now is a good time to to review the health goals you set for yourself and your progress so far.

Pull out your calendar and set aside some time this week to take inventory of your health goals.

We’ve put together this handy guide to reviewing your health goals to get you started!

You’ll want a notebook or paper and pen to work through this guide to reviewing your health goals (and a cup of coffee or glass of wine to sip on wouldn’t hurt either).

1. REVIEW YOUR HEALTH GOALS.

What health goals did you make for yourself at the start of this year? Maybe it was to train for a 5k or attend a HIIT class (if you’re a Dallas local, join us for a Dallas Sweat Club class!) at least twice a week.

Maybe it was to replace your soda habit with water instead or start cooking dinner more instead of relying on take-out.

To begin, read over the goals you wrote down at the start of the year.

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2. CELEBRATE YOUR WINS.

We’re all about making lists over here (like we said, you’ll need paper and pen for this!), so next to your goals list:

Write out all your health wins so far this year—from small to large.

Are you now going to the gym every Thursday evening? Write it down. Have you started bringing your lunch to work instead of grabbing a burger from the fast food place next door? Celebrate that. Are you waking up at your first alarm instead of snoozing six times? That’s a win, my friend! Write. Those. Wins. Down.

Why celebrate the wins? Studies have found that celebrating even minor wins can have a major impact on your mood and perception of whether or not you can achieve your end goal.

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3. ASSESS YOUR ROADBLOCKS.

Now consider the roadblocks you’ve faced this year in meeting your goals. Do a brain dump—

Write down a list of challenges you’ve encountered this year that have kept you from meeting your goals.

For instance, maybe one of your goals was to go the gym before work at least twice a week. However, every time your alarm goes off, the temptation to stay in bed is waaaayyy stronger than any motivation to meet your goal. So you’ve just stopped trying altogether.

Brainstorm ways you can repurpose your goal to better suit your schedule and energy levels.

Maybe your roadblock is that you are simply not a morning workout person. Does your workplace have a gym that you can utilize on your lunch break? Are you more likely to stop by the gym on your way home from work since you’re already out of the house? Or is your schedule too inconsistent, and you’d rather work out on your own terms? Maybe our online fitness program is what you need!

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Let one of our personal fitness trainers at Dallas Iron Fitness help you evaluate your goals, assess your roadblocks, and then make a plan to meet your goals!

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4. WRITE THOSE GOALS AGAIN.

Now it’s time to write your goals down again.

Why? A study found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down regularly.

And if you didn’t write those goals down already because you figured you could just remember them in your head… now is the time. Grab a cute notebook or note card that you can put on your desk for motivation and write those goals down!

And if you didn’t make any goals at all this year… you can start TODAY. As the all-wise C.S. Lewis put it, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” To add to that—you don’t have to wait until January 1 rolls around to have a go at goal-setting.

5. MAKE YOUR PLAN.

Now that you’ve reviewed your goals, celebrated your wins, identified your roadblocks, brainstormed ways to overcome these, and wrote down your goals again, it’s time to make a plan.

(And yes, you’ll need to write this too.)

As the well-known quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry goes, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Map out a step-by-step plan for EACH of your health goals.

For example, one of your goals may be to cook more. But cooking more involves several steps: meal planning, trips to the grocery store, prep days, and cook time. Schedule time for when you will complete each of these tasks. Maybe Sunday afternoons will be your meal prep days: you’ll plan out your meals for the entire week, make your grocery run, and spend two hours each evening cooking what you can ahead of time—like making a soup that has lots of leftovers or browning some ground turkey for a casserole you want to make on Tuesday.

The idea is to break down large goals into small steps, and then to SCHEDULE those small steps into your week.

Make a list of small steps—beginning with things that you can do this week—that will allow you to reach this year’s health goals in the next six months!

Then it’s time to go out and conquer those goals! We know you can do it!

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