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How to Set Health Goals You’ll Actually Finish: 5 Health-Goal Secrets You Must Know Before You Start

Are you setting health goals this year but scared you'll give up along the way? Good news! You don't have to be afraid you'll give up if you know how to set health goals you'll actually finish. 

Be smart this year and save yourself the pain and heartache that comes with giving up on your health goals. Want to know how? Invest the next 5 minutes of your life to read this blog post and learn the 5 health-goal secrets you must know before you start.

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Setting health goals can be exciting and can fill you with hope for a much better future.

But I have to tell you... most women will never reach their health goals.

Why?

For 5 reasons.

Five Reasons Health Goals Fail

If your health goals are like any of the examples below, you're doomed to fail before you even get started!

(Don't worry, I'll tell you How to Set Health Goals You'll Actually Finish in a few moments...but first you need to know what NOT to do.)

Your health goals will fail if:

  • You don't know why you're working on the health goal in the first place
  • Your health goals are based in fantasy land
  • Your health goals aren't clear and easy to follow
  • You can easily forget your health goal even exists
  • Your health goals are way too big and will take too long
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But don't give up after reading that list! (BE SMART! KEEP READING!)

Why?

Because ALL of those health goal mistakes are easily preventable.

You just need to know the 5 Health-Goal Secrets You Must Know Before You Start.

Knowing these secrets will help you get prepared so you'll know how to set health goals you'll actually finish.

So let's dive into those 5 health-goal secrets!

Secret #1: Figure Out ALL the Benefits You'll Get If You Reach Your Health Goal (and what will happen if you don't)

Reaching health goals will bring many health benefits that can last for years and years!

To say it another way, if you manage to reach your health goals THIS YEAR, those new health benefits will make a big and positive difference in your life for MANY YEARS to come.

Believe me, you'll be thanking yourself when you're older!

For example:

If you're overweight BUT then you lose weight NOW, you will likely reverse your Prediabetes and Insulin Resistance...

...AND as you get older, your chances of having a heart attack or stroke will be way, way, way lower.

That means the benefits of losing weight would make a HUGE difference NOW and LATER in your future!

But remember you're ALSO supposed to figure out what will happen if you DON'T reach your health goal.

So, in this case, if you DON'T lose weight, some bad things will happen, like Diabetes or Heart Disease, AND your future won't be nearly as enjoyable.

Emergency - Heart Attack or Stoke

You see, to make sure you don't give up on your health goal, it helps to:

  • know the benefits you'll get if you reach your health goal
  • know the health problems you'll get if you don't

How To Put Secret #1 Into Action: Ask Yourself 3 Simple Questions

These 3 questions will help you see what your future will look like if you reach your health goals.

They'll also show you what will happen if you don’t reach your health goals.

  1. What health problem am I trying to fix? (for example, Obesity)
  2. What will happen if I fix this problem? (I'll prevent Diabetes and Heart Disease)
  3. What will happen if I don't fix this problem? (I'll gain more weight, probably get Diabetes and other health problems like Heart Disease, Stroke, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Alzheimer's or Cancer)

Knowing the end benefits AND what's at stake will help to keep you motivated and on track.

Tip! Write down these 3 questions and your answers AND put them on your bathroom mirror so you don't forget!

When it comes to health problems, there are two different paths you can take.

Path #1: Do something to fix your health problems.

Path #2: Do nothing.

Both of these paths have very different outcomes that will affect your future.

Secret #2: Make Your Health Goals Realistic

If you want to have any chance that you'll reach your health goals, you MUST make sure your health goals make sense for you.

And this means that your health goals must be based in reality!

How to Set Health Goals You'll Actually Finish

Too many times women decide on health goals that are totally in la-la land...then within weeks, the wishful thinking is long forgotten and so are your health goals.

How To Put Secret #2 Into Action: Do a Quick Self-Assessment Before You Set Your Health Goals

Ask yourself these questions (and answer honestly):

  1. How much time do you have to work on these health goals?
  2. Are you willing to rearrange your day-to-day schedule to work on these health goals?
  3. Do you need help to work on these health goals? (And where will this help come from?)
  4. Are you willing to pay a little bit of money to get help with these health goals?
  5. Do you have any REAL limitations that will hold you back? (time, money, family resistance, health problems, other)
  6. Can you work on these health goals every day?

Knowing the answers to these questions will help you set health goals that are realistic for you.

Here's a great example of how this works:

If you set a health goal to eat a healthy whole foods diet, a LOT of stuff will have to change about how you buy food, prepare food, and eat food.

You'll also have to learn what a healthy whole foods diet is...and if there are special things you have to eat or not eat when it comes to blood sugar control and weight loss.

Yes, the reality is that it takes effort to learn how to eat a healthy whole food diet that's Diabetes friendly!

But that's what we're looking for, remember? Health goals you'll actually finish because they're realistic!

There's a ton of bogus whole food diet info out there on free Facebook groups, in documentaries, and on websites.

PLUS, some whole foods just don't work when you have blood sugar problems or need to lose weight.

The reality is that you simply can't learn how to eat a healthy whole foods diet by signing up for a few meal plans from some website.

The reality is that learning how to eat a Diabetes friendly whole foods diet is going to take some time.

The reality is that you'll have to do some learning and make some real changes to what you eat and how you prepare your food.  

The reality is that you probably won't be able to do this quickly, and you might need to make changes over many months.

Don’t get me wrong, the effort is totally worth it!

The health benefits from eating a Diabetes friendly whole foods diet are awesome and you can easily reverse your Insulin Resistance, Prediabetes or even Type 2 Diabetes by eating this way.

But it's gonna take some work on your part...and if you want to join the women who finish this type of goal successfully, you have to stay in reality.

So, knowing what’s realistic for you (and what you can't do) is very important.

Then you can come up with a realistic plan to start eating a Diabetes friendly whole foods diet in a way that will work for you – even if that means it will take some time!!!

Let's face it...working on your health means you're going to have to change stuff in your life. You have to admit what you can and cannot realistically do.

Want help setting health goals you'll actually finish?

In the Healthy U Group we do that together and help you stay on track...

Secret #3: Make Your Health Goals Specific (and Measurable)

Unfortunately, most women make wishy-washy health goals that don’t make much sense.

And most times it's almost impossible for them to tell if their health goals ever get done!

Here's a great example of a wishy-washy health goal:

Wishy-Washy Health Goal =  "I want to exercise more."

Now, exercising more is a great idea! And you'll get many health benefits from exercising!

But that goal is just so wishy-washy, it really won't help you...and will probably even hurt you.

That's why you need Secret #3.

How To Put Secret #3 Into Action: Ask Questions Until You Have a Goal That's Specific and Measurable

For example:

  • What does 'exercise more' mean?
  • How will you know if you've 'exercised more'?
  • What are you going to do for exercise?
  • When are you going to 'exercise more'? Every day? Once a week? Once a month?
  • How long will you do this health goal?

That's a lot of questions!

But answering questions like those is how you make sure your health goal isn't wish-washy.

You've got to make your health goal specific AND measurable.

That's the only way you can always see if you're on track at a glance.

Wishy Washy Goal

"I want to exercise more"       

Your Specific and Measurable Goal

"I am going to exercise more by walking 30 minutes a day, 5x a week for the next 3 months."


Can you see how easy it would be for you to know if you actually did walk 30 minutes a day, 5x a week for those next 3 months?

That's because you now have a specific AND measurable health goal.

On the flipside, if your goal is simply to "exercise more", you won’t know WHAT that goal really means or HOW you could ever see if you finished it.

You can't expect a wish-washy health goal like "exercise more" to mean anything that will help you.

Health problems like Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Fatty Liver Disease, Heart Disease and Insulin Resistance don't fix themselves.

If you're unhealthy now, you'll be unhealthy in the future, and over time your health problems will get worse....UNLESS you do something about it.

Need help setting health goals you'll actually finish?

In the Healthy U Group we do that together and help you stay on track...

​Secret #4: Write Down Your Health Goals

QUESTION: What's the easiest way to NOT reach your health goals?

ANSWER: Forget that your health goals even exist!

The good news is there's a VERY easy way to prevent this from happening!

Write down your health goals!

And once you write down your health goals, put them somewhere where you'll see them multiple times a day...like your bathroom mirror or your fridge.

How To Put Secret #4 Into Action: Write Down Exactly What Your Health Goal Includes...Then Keep It In Front Of You

Here's a great example of what I mean:

Let's say you want to stop yoyo-ing back and forth on-an-off different diets (because you and I both know that approach doesn't work)...

...AND instead you want to learn how to "eat a healthy whole foods diet"...

...then simply write ALL of that down!

My Health Goal

'I am going to STOP getting sucked into doing every new diet that comes out.

INSTEAD, I'm going to LEARN how to eat a healthy whole foods diet.

AND I'm going to STICK with this diet rather than always looking for the next "new" thing.'

When you write down your health goals, it helps you remember what you're trying to do.

Why?

Because you see it written down day after day.

Writing down your health goals ALSO helps keep you from being distracted by every new thing that comes along.

Secret #5: Break Down Big Health Goals Into Smaller Micro-Goals

Sometimes women set really BIG health goals that will take them WAY too long to finish.

BIG goals like this create a terrible situation.

Setting really BIG health goals just sets you up for feeling overwhelmed, depressed and frustrated.

Unless you have a will of steel (which most of us don't), you'll eventually give up on the whole darn thing.

Within a few months you'll have tossed that really BIG health goal into the garbage.​

Prediabetes Discouragement

Here's the problem...

Really BIG health goals take way too long to finish!

It's just too hard to keep on track when your end goal is so very, very, very far away.

Here's an example of what I mean:

If you need to lose 75 pounds, you can't do this overnight, within a month, or even in a few months...

You'll Gain Weight If You Don't Exercise During The Holidays

Rapid weight loss diets are VERY unhealthy!

Don't be foolish by doing the keto or some other crazy rapid weight loss diet!!!

Rapid weight loss diets set you up to regain all the weight...and MORE!

You'll also make your Insulin Resistance worse.

And increase your risk for Heart Disease.

And increase your risk for a whole bunch of other terrible things, like Cancer.

Rapid weight loss diets are totally dumb diets!

There are much easier ways to lose weight that don't mess up your thyroid and increase your risk for a Heart Attack or Stroke...or Cancer.

So, the reality is that losing 75 pounds will take you months and months...heck, it might even take you a year or even two years to lose that much weight.

But don’t be discouraged if you have to lose a LOT of weight like that!

Why?

Because it's totally possible to lose 75 pounds, or more...but it'll to take some time...and effort on your part.

So, to prevent yourself from feeling terrible and defeated along the way because your progress will be slow...

....it makes a heck of a lot of sense to DO YOURSELF A FAVOR by breaking up your very BIG health goal into smaller micro-health-goals.

This way you can get your MICRO-health-goal done in a few weeks or a month (rather than waiting month and months or even years...and probably quitting before you get there).

How To Put Secret #5 Into Action: Work on Your Health Goal in Very Small Chunks (Micro-Goals)

If you want to lose 75 pounds, you'll find it much easier to lose it 5 pounds at a time!

75 pounds ÷ 5 pounds = 15 Micro-Goals of 5 pounds each

Here's how that would work.

Once you've finished your first micro-goal by losing the first 5 pounds, you set another micro-health goal to lose another 5 pounds.

And so on. And so on.

If you set these small 5-pound micro-health goals...and work at it...you'll not only eventually lose your 75 pounds...

...you'll also enjoy celebrating lots of 5-pound weight losses along the way.

Want help setting health goals you'll actually finish?

In the Healthy U Group we do that together and help you stay on track...

Let's Wrap Things Up

Well done! You just learned the 5 health-goal secrets you must know before you start.

That means now you can set health goals you'll actually finish!

So, what are you waiting for?

Use this blog post as your guide to setting and getting started on your next health goals today!

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About the Author Joan Pasay

As a Nutrition & Lifestyle Therapist I felt compelled to start Power In The Group. Why? To guide and support women like you with Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance so you can regain and nourish your health...without all the confusion. Together we can enjoy the richest quality of life for ourselves, with our families, and within our society...wanna come along?

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