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The Best Way to Make NEW New Year's Resolutions for Health, Even in March

Polly Pitchford - Thursday, March 15, 2012

If you are like most people, your noble list of New Year's Resolutions has been gathering dust in a pile somewhere.  Might as well leave it there since it hasn't done any good inspiring you to stick with your new and improved you.

I would like to offer a fresh start for those of you who need a renewed push into living an active, healthy lifestyle.  I drew up a Health Contract for myself many years ago and I find it very inspiring to re-read when I'm in a slump.  It's an honest, forgiving document that pushes me to keep making the best choices I can on a daily basis, but it also allows me to be human, without turning that humanness into self-loathing. We have way too much negative speak going on already for any more of that!  So read the contract below, print it out if you would like, and sign.

CONTRACT WITH MYSELF

This is my contract with myself to live an active, healthy lifestyle.  By signing this contract, I am making a commitment to live an active, healthy lifestyle on a day-by-day basis.  I agree that I will:

  1. Like myself for who I am right now;
  2. No longer allow myself to feel that I must look like what the adversiting media constantly portray as necessary to be attractive and happy;
  3. Include regular physical activity as part of my healthy lifestyle because I realize that's the best way to maintain a healthy weight;
  4. Plan a weekly schedule of activities which includes aerobic, strenghtning and stretching exercises;
  5. Eat a sensible diet which provides plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and modest amounts of low-fat dairy and lean meat (if I choose to include meats);
  6. Regularly eat breakfast, lunch and wholesome snacks throughout the day so I won't be lacking in calaories which may encourage me to binge later;
  7. Allow myself to occasionally enjoy the "fun foods" in my life, which I know are high in fat and/or sugar without feeling guilty or like a "diet failure";
  8. Consider my eating habits as a lifestyle process, not as a short-term attempt to achieve unrealistic weight loss goals;
  9. Keep records of my exercise and eating plans for up to six months from today, recognizing that after that period of time, the exercise and eating plans I develop will have become lifestyle habits; and,
  10. Remember that I, like everyone, will have "good days" and "bad days" in sticking with my healthy lifestyle.  The key is to not let the bad days sidetrack me.  I will live my healthy lifestyle one day at a time.


My Name                                              Date Someone who really cares about me!

From your motivational speaker who understands the time and effort it takes to rediscover the healthy you!

Polly PItchford

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