Sometimes it’s easy to get the feeling that being healthy is very difficult and requires eating at least 1 kilo of vegetables for it to count, restricting your calories and going to the gym six times per week. Otherwise, don’t bother! But setting unrealistic goals is so silly when instead, you could set some easy and realistic goals that will make you feel like a success every week.
This blog post is about realistic goal setting and how you can use that to actually do good things for yourself. This week I want you to feel successful in regards to your health and what better way than to set three realistic and achievable goals for the week.
I suggest these three goals for the week:
- Eat 300 grams of vegetable every day
- Drink at least 2 liter of water per day
- Be in bed by 10PM
Because 300 grams is better than 0.
And because – in case you forget – vegetables are not your only source of vitamins and minerals. Meat and eggs are extremely nutritious and so are dairy products and nuts and other things you probably eat every day.
Vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fibres and I do recommend that you eat some every day. And 300 grams is an achievable goal for most people.
This is what 300 grams of vegetables look like: Not too bad, huh?
Being well hydrated is also a great start to feel good. It doesn’t matter if you drink exactly 2 liters per day but try to find a way to drink, say an extra 0,5 liter per day.
Personally, I have experienced several good things from upping my water intake. Even though I thought I was drinking plenty already. But an extra 0,5 liter per day has given me better concentration, better looking skin (important when you’re turning 40 soon) and better digestion.
Making infused water is a great way to encourage you to drink more water
Being in bed by 22PM I suspect is the toughest one on the list. Well, not for me. I go to bed very early every night. My “sleeping window” reminds me that it’s bedtime already at 9.20-9.30PM. I know that’s really early but that’s when I feel naturally tired.
If I respect that and go to bed, I fall asleep easily and usually sleep well until 6 the next morning. But I realize that going to bed that early isn’t as easy for everybody.
But try to prioritize your sleep this week. Look at what time you’ll be getting up in the morning and count backwards for 7-9 hours. There’s your bedtime!
Okay, that’s it! That sounds fairly easy, doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly my point!
So are you ready to set three realistic and achievable goals for this coming week?
Just remember to formulate your goals positively – as something you will do – not as something you won’t do! That matters quite a lot too!
Happy, healthy week!