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3 Reasons to Record Your Lifestyle Changes

Whether you’re following a weight loss plan, or you’ve simply resolved to get healthier in the new year, making long-term lifestyle changes can be a challenge. Tracking your progress can help you stick to your goals, in three very important ways.

See it in black and white. It’s easy to overlook small dietary indiscretions or “round up” your workout time… But when you track your progress, you will create an accurate historical record of your exact habits. Now, you can look back at the past week or month, and see exactly what you’ve been doing right, and which practices need more work.

It doesn’t have to be overly complicated, either. Just make a daily bullet list for the goals you want to achieve, and check them off as you go. Your goals might include things like…

  • Aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes
  • 30 minutes of strength training
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep
  • Eat 5 servings of fresh produce
  • Eat __ grams of fiber*
  • Meet a goal of __ grams of protein*
  • … or any other changes you’re trying to make

*Remember to come see us for a consultation on your diet, and we can help you determine your daily allotment for protein and fiber intake.

Motivate yourself to keep going. There’s just something about checking items off of a list that feels satisfying. You can actually become “addicted” to the feeling of accomplishment, and in this case, that’s a positive habit! Just remember to include a few goals that you find personally rewarding. They don’t all have to revolve around your weight loss plan.

Change your attitude. Following a weight loss plan can feel frustrating to many people, because they focus on foods they can’t eat. Changing your mindset to focus on goals that you accomplish will put a positive spin on your lifestyle changes. You might also wish to quickly jot down one thing each day, for which you feel grateful or that brought you pride.

As always, come see us if you’re establishing some new exercise and dietary habits. We can guide you toward a healthy medical weight loss plan, if that’s your goal, and provide the supports you need to succeed.