In business the year is divided into 4 quarters occurring in 3 month intervals. So every 3 months businesses will review things like profits, losses, expenses, etc. If you begin to think about your health in this way than April 1st is the perfect time to review any wellness goals you may have set for 2015. What accomplishments have you achieved during this “1st quarter” (Jan.-Mar), what areas do you need to improve on as you go into the “2nd quarter”(Apr.-Jun.)?If you started strong on January 1 but fizzled out somewhere around February 15th now is the perfect time to assess and recommit. Don’t let 3 more months pass by, as you will just be further away from the motivation and excitement you had going into the new year. Start small, identify 2-3 goals that are challenging yet attainable. For example commit to exercising 3 days per week for at least 30 minutes each day. Find someone who is also on the path to wellness, share your goals and progress with them. This will be your accountability partner, they will provide encouragement on the days you just don’t feel like going to the gym and be your biggest cheerleader as you start to reach your goals. You should be able to find this person through local Black Girls Run chapters or a simple post to your social media accounts. Your accountability partner does not have to be local but it is helpful for those days that you may need to literally have someone drag you out of bed. If all else fails consider investing in a trainer or health coach. This person will provide accountability, education, skilled instruction and because you are invested financially you are more likely to follow through with the services. If you complete your quarterly wellness report and find yourself doing great then pat yourself on the back. Review your goals, find out if there are areas that you could stretch even further on (such as portion control, increasing your weekly run totals, taking a few seconds off your PR, etc.) and use that momentum to jump into the “2nd quarter” full steam ahead. Reviewing your goals every three months will allow you to see how close you are to achieving your overall goals and give you momentum to make it through the year. If you do happen to find yourself off track just know that mistakes are more easily fixed the earlier they are identified. You don’t want to go into January 2016 upset about goals you didn't achieve in 2015. ------------------
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