Did you finish what you started this year?


It’s almost time to make your New Year’s resolutions!  According to iQuanti, a data-driven digital marketing company, a Google search on the most popular resolutions from January 2016 to October revealed that “Get Healthy” had 62,776,640 searches vs. 55,177,290 when it was searched the previous year during the same time period. This year, for me, started with more than a 1/2 dozen “Get Healthy” hashtags: 

  1. #startyourweightlossjourney
  2. #getfitthehealthyway
  3. #ihavetodothis
  4. #noifsandsorbutsaboutit
  5. #fitandfabulous@50
  6. #thisyeariwill
  7. #healthylivingmatters.

The goal of losing some serious weight (50 lbs) and getting healthier (better A1C and cholesterol numbers) was underway. Sound familiar? Well, we’re at the final stretch. How did you do? Did you finish what you started? Did you pass the test of the small challenges you faced to meet your overall goals? I am not ashamed to say that I won the battle, but lost the war! 

You see, sometimes it’s not just about losing the weight (scale wise) that makes you healthy. You could very well be decreasing body fat, increasing muscle mass, getting thinner, and looking toned, thus not seeing a change in the scale at all. So, perhaps it’s about how much looser your clothes fit due to decreased inches in your hips, waist, and thighs. There are a lot of other contributing factors to good health including the environment, genetics, relationships, and education.

Being healthy also stems from consistently focusing on eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients and energy you need, engaging in physical activity for at least 30-45 minutes daily, drinking plenty of water, and getting adequate sleep. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

It can get pretty overwhelming if we focus on the huge goal in front of us. However, if we break the goal up into smaller achievable challenges, we have a better chance at either meeting or exceeding our ultimate goal.