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Hannah Dawson

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Just For Today!

I found myself in a slump; my days were routine, and my evenings, well, I would binge on my favorite show and eat treats, leaving me feeling blah when I woke up. I said to my husband, I feel like what’s the point?
What’s the point if I work hard all day only to undo everything at night?
This past year with a worldwide epidemic can make one question if there’s any point to setting goals. I get it. Everything feels uncertain and unpredictable. Sometimes it feels easier to get lost in a Netflix show and a bag of M&M’s and forget about everything. But that doesn’t work either; just because the world feels at a standstill doesn’t mean our goals need to be.

ULTIMATELY WITHOUT DIRECTION IS EASY TO FALL INTO A NEGATIVE MINDSET AND LIFESTYLE HABITS. GOALS CREATE A FOCUS AND PURPOSE; WRITING YOUR GOALS DOWN GIVES YOU DIRECTION.

I realized I have to redefine my goals for this season, that my goals right now are going to be different than they use to be. They would be different because I would have to change the way I saw achieving them. What I have learned during times of uncertainty is when we need our goals the most. Having goals help us channel our energy towards something productive and beneficial for our mental health.

How you channel your energy will determine the direction of your focus, mental health, and quality of life. You have the power to either channel that energy to enhance your quality of life or rob your quality of life. There’s a saying that goes like this: “If it cost you your peace, it’s too expensive.”
  • Eating junk food and binging on Netflix is going to cost you your peace.
  • Drinking every night is going to cost you your peace.
  • Not getting quality sleep is going to cost you your peace.
  • Not eating quality foods is going to cost you your peace.
  • Complaining is going to cost you your peace.
All of the above things you have power over to change. Setting health and fitness goals keeps you focused and enables you to channel your energy to the right things and away from the peace stealing things. The best way to channel your energy to produce results in your health and quality of life is by setting goals that give you small daily wins. Just like when you go on a trip, you need to input the address of the destination in the GSP. Your goal will set a destination of focus for your mindset, body & quality of life. Without the GPS set, we would be lost and frustrated; sound familiar?
Like I said in the beginning, I had to redefine my goals for this season. I had to set more short-term goals that could create small daily wins to keep my mindset positive.
  • What if you decided to take one day at a time?
  • What if you decided to say three things you are grateful for today?
  • What if you decided to workout out just for today?
  • What if you decided to track your food and eat on the plan just for today? What if you decided to go to bed a little earlier just for today?
When I struggle in my day, I remind myself that junk food and Netflix will always be there; social media, gaming, drinking, shopping, or whatever your thing is, will always be there. It’s not going anywhere. You have to remind yourself after you set your daily goals and gratitude list, you will feel so much better. After the workout, you will feel so much better; after the meal that you didn’t want to eat but did, you will feel so much better; after you get some fresh air, you will feel so much better, after a good nights sleep you will feel so much better.
And when I’m struggling at the moment, I tell myself …..Just for today!

Hannah Dawson