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To kick off the new year, I’m launching a 30 Day Health Challenge for Women to get us all on track to start this new decade with new healthy habits. You can join us here or in the challenge Facebook group.

I loathe New Year’s resolutions. First, it implies that I don’t love myself, and I don’t love my life. Neither are perfect, but I love both, and I know that any really improvement has to come from a place I love.

Second, New Year’s resolutions are wishes. They have no backbone and no plan. They set you up for failure, and I prefer success.

Instead, I like using goals to create new habits, and that’s just what this challenge is for.

For 30 days, we’ll discuss habits that can lead to a healthier, happier you. Each day, you’ll give the habit a try. If you like it, add it to your planner, habit tracker, or however you track your goals. If you don’t like it, drop it and move on to the next day.

Remember that we’re individuals and that a big part of being healthy is learning what works for you. Also, remember that health is a vehicle not a destination. Health allows you to live a happier, more fulfilling life, and there’s always room for improvement. It’s a life-long process.

Challenge Day 1
Today, we’re going to figure out where we are. Start with your waist size. Mine us currently 33″. Write it down in a planner or journal or add it to you favorite tracking app. I have a quarterly tracker in my planner I use track my weight and waist size once a week.

Why waist size and not weight? Because waist size is a much bigger indicator of health than your weight. Our goal is to keep our waist below the following number: height in inches plus one divided by two. For me, I’m 5’10”, so my height in inches is 70. My maximum healthy waist size is 35.5″.

That being said, feel free to track your weight too. You can even take “before” pictures if your comfortable with that. I hate taking selfies, so I’m skipping the pics. 🙂

Mine weight is currently 196.2. I do track weight once a week, because it often gives me a heads up that I’m experiencing inflammation from a food sensitivity, but I don’t put a lot of stock in it. I was 192 last week, and my jeans fit exactly the same way. I’m having a reaction to some New Year’s Eve food.

Throughout the day, track your food, water, and exercise. I personally like my FitBit app, but many people prefer MyFitnessPal. You can also use a health journal, your planner, or generic notebook.

The goal is to be completely honest with yourself. You don’t have to share it with me or anyone else. I am going to share mine, but I’ll be doing it for accountability. To create real change in your life, you have to start by being completely honest with yourself about where you are.

Don’t fall into the trap of beating yourself up though! That’s not the point! Where you are is ok. It’s a starting point. Being honest and tracking help you reach your goals, so that’s where to start.

Happy Eating!

Tanya

Author, speaker, and health coach in Tennessee

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