Living a Healthier, Happier, More Empowered Life

Ask the Experts by Stephanie Popso

Q: At the beginning of the new year I find myself very excited to take on my resolutions and goals. As January passes, I allow myself a pass and go back to my comforts, feeling defeated. Any tips for lasting success and motivation?

A: You are not alone feeling this way. Many, if not all, of us have struggles with keeping up healthy habits & making the healthiest choices.

First look at your goals. Are they 3 month, 1 year, 5 year goals? Second, break each goal into bite-sized, manageable chunks (or mini-goals).

The one thing we all share is that we all have 24 hours in a day. Many people have lofty goals with no plan of attack to reach those goals. The result is barely making progress because the expectation is so unreal. This is why many people end up raising the white flag and quietly retreat back to old habits. This makes gyms and diet services a lot of money.

So how do we methodically move towards our goals and start making moves toward the healthiest, happiest us?

We start by making realistic goals. For example, if starting a workout routine, eating healthier, stressing less or sleeping more are things that interest you, know that these things do no happen overnight (yes, even sleep). Starting out with a task that you know is possible for you (ex. walking 5 minutes a day, 3x a week) is VERY important. This builds momentum, motivation and an "I can do it!" attitude.

One could see how planning to go to the gym 1 hour a day, 7 days a week could end poorly, especially if you've never gone consistently in the past.

Relevant, sustainable change does not happen overnight. Start with a solid base (even if it seems small), and build from there. Our brains pick up on these new habits, take notes and start working with us rather than against us. From there, we are in a safe place to build and add on.

Some sort of support system is very helpful, whether it's a workout or cooking buddy, a wellness app or an actual coach. Accountability is paramount.

Stephanie Popso is a transformative life and wellness coach who has helped hundreds of clients create healthy routines and habits to promote better nutrition/body function, weight-loss, better sleep, less stress, positive outlook and overall well-being. Visit the Stephanie's blog on her website iamnaturallyempowered.com for more info on inflammation & taking steps towards a healthier, happier life. Stephanie can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it She is a member of The Family Center's Association of Professionals.

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