How often do you review your progress?

progress review

Most times when we start something new, we’re full of excitement. We have tons of motivation. We feel ready to take on the world.

That initial burst of “can do” attitude can carry us quite a ways, but sooner or later that thing called life creeps back in.

We begin to lose momentum. We lose sight of our goals. We forget to do things that didn’t quite become habits yet.

The importance of scheduling reviews

If we’re not mindful, life could get in the way so much that we forget what we set out to do all those weeks or months ago. We might wonder what happened to that initial burst of excitement. This might be the point where we either give up or feel like we have to start over from scratch.

The best way to stay on track is to schedule time to review your progress about once every 10 weeks. Most of us have fancy phones, tablets, or computers where we can set reminder notifications, but writing it down on a paper calendar you look at often works too.

How to conduct a review

Try to find an hour you can spend uninterrupted. That way you won’t be stressed or feel a need to gloss over your results.

Now is the time to think back over the last week and jot down foods you ate and physical activity you did. If you kept a journal, this step will be even easier to accomplish.

What were your original goals? Perhaps one of them was to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Conducting a review isn’t about beating yourself up if you fell off track. Maybe you started out strong but have fallen to only two or three servings per day. Or maybe you’re now eating five servings regularly and with ease.

If you fell off track, what kept you from accomplishing your goals? What resistance did you have? If you met your goal, be sure to celebrate and reward yourself.

No matter how your review goes, it’s time to decide if your current goals need to change.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is this goal still important to me?
  • Is this goal now an ingrained habit in my routine that I can take on a new goal?
  • If it isn’t a habit yet, am I still ready to make this change?
  • If it is a habit, what new goal am I ready to make?

Improving how we eat and increasing physical activity is something that will be with us for the rest of our lives. There will always be new research to adapt to; there will always be changes or improvements we want to make.

I know this from my own personal experience. My definition of healthy eating continues to change, evolve, grow and mature. I have a lot of fun dabbling in new cuisines and alternative styles of eating. Some I find to my liking and they become habits and influence my eating plan from then on.

Other times I discover I’m not ready to take on a particular style of eating and step back to a previous definition of healthy eating that I had for myself.

As long as my weight stays relatively the same and I meet basic criteria for my eating, the rest becomes a fun game of exploration and challenge.

I hope you find the same to be true for your journey.

Your turn

Review how you’re doing with your current goals and set up new goals for the next 10 weeks. Does this reset button bring back some of that initial excitement? Please share in the comments below!

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