Many of us know that we should be eating healthier by focusing on fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats. We also know that exercise is good for us an an essential part of staying healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. However, knowing what to do and doing it are two different things. Reaching your goals comes back to one, if not all of what I call the 3 P’s – preparation, planning, and persistence.
We often will take months to plan a party or vacation, giving attention to every detail. But when it comes to our own wellness goals, we often start a diet or exercise plan without much thought to how it is going to fit into our schedules in the short and long term, if we have the proper foods available, or what we are going to do when faced with those life situations like eating on the go, extracurricular activities, a sick kid, a bad night sleep, and the list goes on.
For that reason, taking the time to prepare and plan is the first step toward long term success. Making meal plans and grocery lists, making a plan for what you will do for exercise and scheduling each session on your calendar, having a back-up plan when unexpected things pop up, planning how you handle nights out, parties, and holidays and how you will measure success and progress (weight loss, improved endurance/strength, improved body composition, etc.).
Persistence is being willing to change it all when things aren’t working how you want them to. What works for your friends or your family isn’t necessarily what works for you so tweaking and trying again to find a moderate and consistent plan that fits is key.