Health and Wellness

5 Health Goals to Strive For (and Weight Loss is NOT One of Them)

Goals are a great motivation that give you something specific to strive for. They are a wonderful way to keep you moving toward a healthy lifestyle. It definitely must include specific health goals and NOT a “weight goal.”

When you make weight loss your main goal, you end up making your journey to health solely about a number on the scale rather than your overall wellbeing. There is nothing more crushing than to feel like you’ve been doing a great job following a healthier lifestyle, but then “weighing in” only to see the number on the scale hasn’t gone down.

Putting so much stress on yourself to get to a certain number by a certain date may hinder your progress towards making healthy choices as opposed to helping it.  In an effort to achieve that number you might find yourself resorting to unhealthy, quick fix methods to achieve fast weight loss and then find yourself back to where you started, not having learned the habits that will keep you healthy for a lifetime.

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5 Non-Weight Pre-Written Health Goals

1. I will aim to eat a combination of 5 fruit and vegetable servings every day this week.

Many fad diets actually tell you to limit your fruit and vegetable intake. However, fruits and vegetables are part of a well-rounded diet and should not be avoided. This week try and hit a goal of 5 total fruit and vegetable servings a day.

2. I will pack my lunch this week.

Many pre-prepared and take-out lunches are filled with added sugar, fat and sodium. Instead of ordering food to the office, bring your lunch every day this week. Not only will you have more control over what is going in your body, you will save money!

3. I will exercise 3-5 days this week.

Exercising every day can seem daunting, especially when you’re not used to incorporating movement into your daily life. Set a start goal of exercising at least 3 times this week, with an end goal of getting to 5 times each week. You can even try a new activity every day, to help you find a movement that you enjoy doing.

4. I will eat dinner at home 6 evenings this week.

Foods prepared in a restaurant may not always be the “healthiest” meals. Take charge of your food and try to prepare as many foods at home as possible this week. Limit your take-out to only once!

5. I will take 15 minutes every day to do something for ME.

Being healthy is not just about eating right and exercising, your mental well-being is part of your health as well. Take 15 minutes each day to do something that makes you happy, whether that be curling up with a good book or just sitting in silence and meditating. Just make sure it’s something that you enjoy doing!

These goals will keep you moving forward on your health journey, without a focus on weight loss. Will you perhaps lose weight when you take on these new habits? Perhaps you may, but either way, you will feel better and be healthier.

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Bonnie R. Giller MS, RDN, CDN, CDE

Bonnie R. Giller MS, RDN, CDN, CDE

Bonnie is the owner and founder of DietFreeRadiantMe.com. She helps chronic dieters and emotional eaters break free of the pain of dieting and get the healthy body they love. She does this by creating a tailored solution that combines three essential ingredients: a healthy mindset, caring support and nutrition education.

Using her signature Freedom to Eat ForeverTM System, Bonnie helps her clients support and honor their mind and body. The result is they make peace with food, enjoy guilt-free eating, a life free of dieting, and get the body they love.

Bonnie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She has her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She has worked in medical nutrition therapy and counseling for 30 years.

Bonnie is very passionate about helping her clients regain the trust in themselves and their bodies so they can shift away from a diet mentality and learn to listen to their inner hunger and fullness signals. She is known for providing caring support and motivation as her clients reacquaint themselves with their inner wisdom.

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