Get Ready, Set…Go!

by Elisa Olivier-Nielsen, MA, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, EON Consulting

This is that time of the year when life seems to want us to push the reset button and embark on a new journey, to possibly sail in a different direction.

Expectant, highly committed and sometimes dissatisfied people enjoy making New Year’s resolutions.

However, these resolutions are known to be overlooked and ultimately discarded sometimes as early as by the end of January.

To empower and equip you to pursue your goals and fulfill the vision in your heart, let’s look at the following acronym:

G. Get a clear vision.

The easiest first step is to decide where you want to go.

What do you want to accomplish? What is the end result of your journey? In which area in your life do you want to grow? Why are you feeling discontent?

O. Optimize your resources.

Often enough, you already have access to at least one thing in your hands that will help you to move forward toward accomplishing your vision.

We may not all be able to afford a new monthly gym membership, but most of us already have measuring cups in our kitchen, a bathroom scale or a good pair of walking shoes at our disposal.

Then, what else can you do or acquire? Could you join your neighbors for morning walks? Could you start playing pickleball? Could you borrow healthy cooking books from the library?

A. Assess your barriers.

Reflect on factors that have hindered your past success, such as cravings, impulses, setbacks, interruptions or even delays. Once identified, be proactive by enlisting support and planning ahead so you can dodge landmines along the way.

L. Lead by example.

It is a great motivation to stay the course when you know your loved ones, friends, and co-workers are inspired by your progress. Often enough, one may not hire a personal trainer or work with a dietitian, but when they see the results you are experiencing, they will start asking questions, seeking your advice and even your support.

S. Start again.

Holidays will come and go, and unforeseen circumstances may happen. But if you hit a plateau or get completely derailed, get up, shake off the dust and begin again from where you left off! There is nothing preventing you from re-embarking on your journey, and you can learn so much about yourself along the way.