You may notice that I don’t normally do guest posts here on Roni’s Weigh. I mean the name of the blog is RONI’S Weigh and I always felt that this was my personal sounding board. A place for me to share my thoughts and my experiences. However, when someone pitches a good idea I’m also open to sharing the space.
Elaine asked if she could do a series of posts on motivation and goal-setting and I thought it was a great fit. You may remember Elaine from a running post we did together awhile back. She’s also been a member of BlogToLose forever!
So without further ado may I present Elaine’s Corner! :)
What’s the one thing that we all have in common?
All people, regardless of their weight, health, or even their level of self-confidence, have the commonality of needing goals to succeed. With goals comes the need for motivation. Goals are the light at the end of the tunnel, while motivation is the part that keeps us going, day-in-and-day-out, when we look in the mirror and see fat, when the gym is revolting, and when pizza sounds way better than a healthier dinner. Roni maintains that self-confidence is the most important piece of the “health and wellness” puzzle and I completely agree – I also think that motivation is necessary for those days when self-confidence is nowhere to be found.
I’ve dedicated most of my career to studying motivation and goal-setting in an academic setting. I’ve studied psychology, biology, public policy, and public health. I’ve taken semester courses on bridging the gap between knowledge and action – we all know that vegetables are better for us than cheesecake, but we often struggle with closing the gap in choosing the vegetables.
I’ve studied public health for over 10 years now; I say this because now I feel like it’s time to put this knowledge to action. What better way to put it in to action with a group of talented, witty, intelligent women (and some men) that are trying to be healthier, happier, and more confident?!?
With that, a formal introduction is in store. My name is Elaine. I’ve been a reader of Roni’s Weigh since back when it wasn’t titled so! Over the years of reading, I’ve resonated closely with Roni’s feelings about confidence, body image, and self-empowerment. For the next 8 weeks, I will be writing once a week about goal-setting, behavior change, and motivation. While the theoretical knowledge of motivation is not enough alone, a thorough understanding of how behavior change works can empower you.
Together, we will empower each other, put goals in place with actionable steps, and take 9 weeks of small behavioral changes to make lasting and important healthy changes in our lives. On the tenth week, we will share our successes, failures, and learn from each other about how to sustain long-term goals.
Think deeply about a goal you want to achieve. This may be something you’ve just recently thought about, or something that’s been stewing in your heart for awhile. It may be exercising three times a week, getting up earlier to make time for yoga, fitting in to an old pair of pants, finishing a 5K, or setting a good example for your family or children. Whatever your goal is, I want to hear about it in the comments section. My goal will be maintaining a three-day-a-week exercise habit even though I just started a new full-time job. For me, the goal is not letting life get in the way of my health; it’s remembering that if I take care of my health just three times a week, I will reap the dividends all week long.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Here is your call to action – tell me what you will be working on for the next 8 weeks.