Gooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaalll!

I know a lot of people will be glad to see the ass end of 2016 as it heads out the door. It was a heckuva year for celebrity deaths. I’m still sad about David Bowie, Alan Rickman, and Leonard Cohen. And then this week with Carrie Fisher, followed immediately by her mother, Debbie Reynolds, that was a bit much to take.  My grandmother also died this year; we weren’t particularly close, but she was my grandmother, and that means something.

So how will 2017 shape up? What are your plans for the year? I don’t mean what are you doing New Years’ Eve to ring in the new year. What are your plans for the whole of the year? Do you make resolutions? Have you ever made a resolution and actually stuck to it, and achieved something because of a resolution you made for the New Year? Nah…me neither…well, actually, one year a couple of decades ago I resolved to stop making New Years’ resolutions. That one I stuck to!

Why do you think so many people do not stick to their resolutions? I think it’s because, like a lot of goals that people say, they’re too vague, with no plan behind them. It’s all well and good to say at the stroke of midnight “I’m going to get healthy this year!” or “I’m going to lose weight” or “I’m going to read more this year”. And then you wake up New Year’s day, hungover, and lay on the couch all day nursing a smashing headache while watching the Rose Bowl parade. Once again, your resolution forgotten in the fog of too much champagne.

Dictionary.com defines resolution: a decision or determination.  Are you determined to achieve a particular goal for 2017? How do you plan to achieve it? Will you at midnight on New Years’ Eve say “I make a resolution to…” and how do you plan to go about it? We fail to meet our goals, or to stick to our resolutions because we don’t have a plan on how we will achieve it. It’s all well and good to resolve to lose weight, but how do you plan to do that? How much weight? By what date?

I am sure you’ve seen the acronym S.M.A.R.T. goals. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-based.

If your resolution for 2017 is to lose weight, you could use SMART goals to start your plan on how to do that. And. Write. It. Down. Studies have shown that when goals are written down, they are more easily achieved. Write it down, and tape it to your mirror where you’ll see it every day. Or to the cupboard door in the kitchen where you grab your coffee mug every morning. It could look something like this:

I will lose 25 pounds by August 10th.

It is specific and measurable – 25 pounds. It is attainable, realistic, and time based. You can’t lose 25 pounds in only 1 month, so setting a goal that you would lose 25 pounds by Valentine’s Day is not attainable nor realistic. 25 pounds in 8 months is a lot more realistic. IF you have 25 pounds to lose! If you only weigh 125 pounds now and you’re a 5’8” woman, this is not realistic, no matter the timeline!

Once you have your SMART goal, then you start to write down the plan on how you will achieve it. You could start with a second resolution “I will start a healthier eating plan”. Ok, so how will you go about that? Well, you could make an appointment for a consultation with your friendly Health Coach Reba of course! And your SMART goal could look something like:

“I will email Reba on New Year’s day before I crash on the couch to watch the Rose Bowl, and make an appointment for a one hour free consultation on January 5th at 7pm.”

It is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time based.

During our conversation I will ask you about your goals, and will make suggestions about how I can help you achieve them. Like a baseball coach helps his team players work together and to improve their skills, the coach is experienced and knowledgeable about how to do that. He passes on that information to the players, with a healthy dose of encouragement, and the occasional accountability kick in the pants when needed! That’s what I do as a health coach. I have the experience and knowledge of how to help you reach your goals, and I will keep you accountable to them. And to yourself.

I don’t make resolutions, as I mentioned. But I do have goals. I’ve written them down, and I have plans. I have achieved one goal, I have my Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certification. I have achieved my second goal, that I had my first client. And my second client, and my third…my business goals for this year are to start group coaching, and to have monthly workshops and webinars to introduce people to my group programs.  The first group program is the Post Holiday 5-Day Diet Detox. There’s still space and time for you to sign up I can help you reach your goals, and at the same time, you help me with mine, win win!

My personal goals are to learn how to budget and save money so that I will be able to travel and to retire comfortably without having to worry about will my money last as long as I will, because I plan to live long, drop dead. (wow! Run on sentence!) I plan to do that by going to a personal financial planner, and have them look at what I have now, and how I can make it grow. I’ll be 50 years old next year, and *really* need to start saving for retirement! I obviously cannot rely on winning a lottery, because it hasn’t worked out for me yet! ;) My plan for my 50th birthday is to do the EdgeWalk on the CN Tower.  August 30th, be there!

The key to sticking to and achieving your goals is to be realistic about it, have a plan, and if you do not have the know-how to do it on your own, Get Help! Whether that means asking your friends or family to help you out, or to hire a professional coach is entirely up to you. To be true to yourself, you need to have someone to be accountable to, besides the voice in your head. We all know that voice in your head who calls you all kinds of names if you slip up, and then tells you “well you’ve gone and eaten that whole pint of ice-cream now, why bother sticking to the diet anyway!?” or “you just spent $150 on a new purse, and you were going to use that money to make an extra payment on your credit card bill! Idjit!” the voice is not always the most helpful is it? A health coach would say “it’s a pint of ice-cream, not the end of the world. Just keep moving forward, don't think in the past. You can do this! I’m here for you!” or “you have 2 choices, you can return the purse and get your money back so that you can then make your extra payment on the credit card, or you can keep the purse, and make an extra payment next month”. You see, neither of those scenarios are a failure. They are choices.

There are no wrong decisions. There are choices, and the feedback that you get as a result of those choices. The physical feedback from eating an entire pint of ice cream is likely a headache, and bloaty feeling, the inevitable sugar crash, and maybe even a little nausea. The financial feedback of the purse purchase is being short of cash next month, and more interest accumulated on your credit card balance. You take responsibility for your choices, and know to make different choice next time. Or not. It’s your choice.

If one of your goals for 2017 is to get healthier, and you’re not quite sure how to go about that, I’m here to support you. Email me, or click “Contact” in the top menu above, and we’ll schedule your first appointment.  Check out my Coaching Services page for some information on my different programs and offerings. If you don’t want to commit to a 12 week program, start out with the 5-Day Diet Detox, and see how that goes. You’re not obligated to sign up for anything after that, and if you’re not entirely satisfied with the program, I’ll give you your money back. If you do find that you feel better after the 5 days and you want to keep going, you will get a discount off the price of any other program or personalised workshop.

My goal is to help you be the healthiest and strongest you that you can be. Your goal is to get healthier this year. That’s synchronicity. Let’s work together.  

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