The Action Steps

by tinareale on April 2, 2013

Last night, a crew of Best Body Bootcamp members came together on Twitter to chat about goals. Why? Well, because I don’t want BBB to be another weight loss challenge or simply a workout plan to follow. It can be used to motivate people in that way, but that’s not my intention with the plan.

My intention is to provide fun workouts, an inspiring support group, and the flexibility to realize YOU CAN MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES. I don’t expect perfection. I simply expect giving your best to reach a healthier, balanced, whole self. For that reason BBB not only emphasizes a flexible plan you can make work for your personal needs to get and stay active, but also choosing additional weekly goals to bring about other healthier habits.

Why? Because I believe the first step to reaching any goal is to determine the main goal and then what I like to call the action steps to get there.

Once you know your overall goal, it’s important to sit down and list out everything you can possibly do to reach that goal. The specific steps you can take to move in a positive direction. Preferably, things you can do daily to make an impact.

Many participants of Best Body Bootcamp have a desire to live healthier lifestyles. Some may have goals to get to a healthier weight and some may simply want to follow through on a plan and see what progress it leads them. Some may have struggles with giving up a negative habit that is detrimental to their happiness and some may simply need a reminder to take small steps to better care for their health. We all have room for improvement and goals we may need to set for our health. I wanted to take this time to share with you some of the wonderful action steps seen in this round of Best Body Bootcamp. The participants are inspiring and I hope they inspire you to consider the action steps you can take as well.

25 Things To Do Today For Healthier Lifestyle

  1. Workout in the morning, before I have the chance to let the day’s schedule deter me.
  2. Eat a healthy breakfast including whole grains, fruit, and some protein.
  3. Walk for 30 minutes at least 5 times per week.
  4. Eat fruit or vegetables with every meal.
  5. 64-100 ounces of water every day
  6. Going to bed by 10 pm to get 8 hours of sleep per night.
  7. Track/log food daily to learn proper portion sizes and a healthy calorie intake for my body.
  8. Limit the amount of processed foods in my diet to only X item/s per day. 
  9. Eat some protein with every meal/snack.
  10. Floss daily.
  11. Stretching after each workout.
  12. Take my vitamins daily.
  13. Take a 10-15 minute break during the day for relaxation/prayer/meditation/calming thoughts.
  14. Write at least one positive thought about myself in a journal every morning and every evening.
  15. Write at least three things I’m thankful for every day.
  16. Do something active with my kids daily – walks, playing outside, tickle matches on the floor.
  17. Turn off and unplug from technology (computers, phones, etc) after 5 pm to spend time with family/friends.
  18. Send a positive note or give a compliment to at least one person a day.
  19. Check in daily with my accountability partner.
  20. Prep my food, workout gear, etc the night before so I have no excuses the next day.
  21. Meal plan and pack my lunches for work.
  22. Don’t eat in front of computer or TV to avoid mindless snacking.
  23. Leave 10 minutes early to avoid stress.
  24. Have a cup of herbal tea instead of wine at night, at least 5 nights out of the week.
  25. Log at least 8,000 steps per day.

These are not necessarily goals I’m saying you have to work towards to be healthy. I solely wanted to share some ideas to hopefully spark something in you to make steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Think about your goals and a small step you can take. It’s often easier to approach smaller tasks and will help it become a lifestyle change. Begin by taking one small action today.

Do you believe in finding success in smaller actions? What’s a daily goal you can make?

{ 36 comments }

1 Allison April 2, 2013 at 7:09 am

Those are awesome goals! Starting to put them to use today :)

2 Miz April 2, 2013 at 7:11 am

YES.
my life–fitness and non–is just baby steps to everything.

3 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 2, 2013 at 7:14 am

Good goals! I like to change the 10 PM to 8:30 PM – haha!

4 tinareale April 3, 2013 at 7:32 am

You know I do too! Haha!

5 Khushboo April 2, 2013 at 7:15 am

Love this Tina! Getting healthy doesn’t have to involve any massive changes or an overhaul- even taking small actions towards a couple of those goals can make a world of difference!

6 Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family April 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

AWESOME tips! The easiest, simplest changes make such a difference :)

7 Linz @ Itz Linz April 2, 2013 at 8:13 am

GREAT POST! I just posted today about my goals and the power of them, no matter how small or how grand!! :) :) And I must say it was inspired by YOU and best body bootcamp! xoxo

8 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 2, 2013 at 8:35 am

Breaking down larger goals into smaller, easily digestable steps is the best way to tackle them. In my humble opinion. I incorporate many of these now. My next short-er term goal is to get in bed earlier!

9 Jamie @ MyHealthfulPursuits April 2, 2013 at 8:40 am

Hi Tina!

Your bootcamp and goal tracking couldn’t have came at a better time for me. I’ve been struggling with restriction/binging for quite a while now. Last week I read Thingenius by Josie Spinardi (which is great, by the way!), and I just had this moment where I said I AM DONE. I am done with the diet mentality. It is not worth the hardship on my mind and body.

One of my goals this week, and probably throughout the entirety of the program, is to eat intuitively. I’m so excited to finally be free of food lists and calorie counting. I am so thankful for your support and the support of the rest of the program participants. It really makes me feel like I can do this!

10 Heather @fitncookies April 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

One of my goals is to eat intuitively, too! I can’t do it all day, because I only have a set time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I am trying to be intuitive with snacking throughout the day. Instead of eating just because I should, I’m listening to when I’m hungry. If I ate somthing and I am still hungry, I can eat again because my body needs it!

11 tinareale April 3, 2013 at 7:34 am

I wish you both the best in this healthy approach to eating and always feel free to reach out at any time!

12 Heather @fitncookies April 2, 2013 at 8:49 am

I came into the chat late last night, so I missed a lot. I loved reading these and gathering new goals to start doing!

13 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 2, 2013 at 9:02 am

Such great and easy steps that one can take for a healthier life. I think there’s something on that list that could work for everyone!

14 jen @nutcaseinpoint April 2, 2013 at 9:22 am

I have a really hard time with goals…in the food department. The fitness thing is really super easy, but I have to really work on the food aspect. This week, I wrote a meal plan. I haven’t done one in ages- most due to failure- but I have incorporated what I’ve learned through those failures to hopefully be successful this time around!

15 Kierston @candyfit April 2, 2013 at 9:58 am

Yes, absolutely! They all lead to the same place no matter how big or small the steps may be :)

16 Jesica @rUnladylike April 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

I love this list. It is a great reminder for all of us of the everyday things that can make us the best versions of ourselves.

17 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

These are all great! I’m sad I missed out on the twitter chat (I was at dinner with my cousin) but it sounds like you all got a lot out of it!

18 Elle April 2, 2013 at 11:07 am

It was a great twitter chat. Good list of do-ables!

19 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut April 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I really love your overall mindset. Your goal to be more than just another weight loss program says something…that you actually CARE about the people participating.

Thank you for caring and for setting a great example! <3

20 [email protected] April 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm

These are some fab ideas! I am working on drinking more water currently! :)

21 Melissa April 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

These are wonderful and a welcome dose of positive thinking for me this morning :) I missed the twitter chat (I was at the gym doing the first workout, haha), but I agree, everyone is inspiring!

22 tinareale April 3, 2013 at 7:35 am

Hey…all for you missing the chat to get in that workout. ;)

23 Nicole @5280healthinfo April 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

This is an amazing list! So many little things that can help improve not only what gets done but how it gets done. Thanks for sharing!

24 Meghan @ After the Ivy League April 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Leaving 10 minutes early to avoid stress is such a good idea! I feel like I am always running late these days…really what’s an extra 10 minutes? It wouldn’t be that hard to do!

25 tinareale April 3, 2013 at 7:35 am

When someone brought that one up I thought the same thing. I so need to do it myself.

26 Christine April 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Love # 13 and practice it frequently. :)

27 [email protected] Palate April 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Taking the time to sit down enjoy and eat my meals in a relaxed environment….makes such a big difference to digestion and self/food awareness!

28 [email protected] April 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Great tips! I love hearing the top tips that fitness and health bloggers use in their own lives to reach goals. I use a lot of these same ones but need to work on being more active throughout the entire day. I always fit in exercise but sit a lot while working.

29 Amanda @ Run Principessa April 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I’m so bummed I missed out on the chat last night, it sounds like there was so much awesome support there! These are awesome action steps. :)

30 janetha April 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Fantastic list! I have a Fitbit to help me achieve #25.. it is harder than I ever expected!

31 Katie @ KatieEnPursuit April 2, 2013 at 4:57 pm

These are excellent Tina, thanks for sharing! Every time I make a healthier decision I think “one step closer to my healthy self”. It really is about the “sum of all of our actions”!

32 Athena @ Fitness & Feta April 2, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Thank you for a wonderful first Twitter chat experience! Loved the community feeling, and these goals from the participants are all amazing!

33 Meredith @ Dare You To April 2, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I like a lot of these! Great list

34 Purelymichelle April 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Love this!! amazing how some of these things are little things that have a big impact :)

35 GiGi Eats Celebrities April 8, 2013 at 12:20 am

Small accomplishments = Big time successes!!

I work out every morning before the crazy day begins – it calms stress and anxiety and I am completely GUILT FREE come 6 pm when all I want to do is VEG! :)

I also leave early whenever I need to be somewhere and I am ALWAYS EARLY where ever I need to go! I love being early, stress-free = less crazy driving & you are perceived as far more professional!

36 Learn More Here December 11, 2013 at 7:00 am

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