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5 Keys to Successful Health Goals after Hysterectomy

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Keys to Successful Health Goals after HysterectomyThe first step to obtaining a goal is setting one—and that can be half the battle! Whether you want to lose weight, improve general health, or manage symptoms, here are some goal-setting tips that may help:

1. Be Realistic

Changing your health habits will take time. You will likely be tempted, you will probably backslide, and you may get discouraged. Keep this in mind as you make your goals so you don’t set yourself up for disappointment. “I’m going to cut my soda intake in half in 6 months,” is a lot more realistic than, “I’m never drinking soda again!”

2. Write It Down

It’s been said that, “a goal not written is merely a wish.” This is especially true for fitness goals. Taking time to write down your goals, plan checkpoints throughout the year, and record your progress as you go can go along way toward accomplishing your goals. There are numerous apps and pre-made journals designed for tracking goals and progress, but a simple notebook will work just as well!

3. Grab A Buddy

Having a support team in place can be the difference between success and failure. This can mean joining an actual support group of people with similar goals, participating frequently in HysterSisters forums, and/or simply asking your family and friends for their support. Either way, it is a lot easier to accomplish fitness goals when you have a good support team in place.

4. Take Baby Steps

One of the best ways to accomplish big health goals is to break them down into smaller steps. If your goal is to stop drinking sodas, for instance, you might start by reducing your intake by one or two each month until you have completely removed them from your diet. If your goal is to lose fifty pounds this year, it might be easier to start by losing five pounds this month.

5. Find Motivation

As you set your fitness goals, it may be helpful to plan rewards along the way. A new outfit for achieving your four-month goal? A day at the salon for your six-month goal? A trip to the beach for reaching your year-long goal? Only you know what will motivate you, so give yourself something good to work for. It also might be helpful to pre-write motivational letters to yourself to open each month. Maybe you can ask your support team to pre-write some, too! Consider what motivates you, and include it in your fitness plan.

Achieving fitness goals requires a lot of change and sacrifice, but the health benefits that follow make it all worthwhile. If you are unsure of what goals to set, a good chat with your doctor may be helpful. For extra encouragement, our Hysteritaville forums may be a good places to visit.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other hysterectomy patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

06-16-2014 - 10:01 AM


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