Why "What Gets Measured Gets Done"

author/source: Donna Racette

Photo Courtesy of Stil 8 for Optavia HealthToday we’ll explore the tools needed to assess your progress on your journey to optimal health and wellbeing. The key is to track details and experiences you completed throughout the day, while also applying your learnings to plan for the future. By tracking these results, you can easily identify your patterns and behaviors to make corrections early on.

Your LifeBook creates an interactive structure that allows you to fully immerse yourself in what it takes to achieve optimal health. Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen provides a daily log template to make it easier for you to learn and implement those healthy habits. The daily log and checklist is designed to help you, and me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach, identify areas to improve.

Here are some tips to keep you motivated as you are recording your progress:

  • Create realistic goals. Drastic change does not happen overnight, which is why it's important to implement small, healthy habits, and create a realistic timeline to achieve your goals. Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint!
  • Reward yourself. Discover what makes you happy that doesn’t involve food and reward yourself for reaching small milestones along your journey. For example, treat yourself to a movie night after you’ve eaten five Fuelings and a healthy Lean & Green meal every day for a week.
  • Ask for support. Your support system can help you handle difficult situations, find resources, and motivate you to succeed. Reach out to loved ones, me, and our OPTAVIA Community for support and advice on achieving the necessary milestones involved in your journey.
  • Use visuals. Sometimes we need visual reminders to keep us motivated. Find pictures that symbolize experiences, feelings, or even new items you want to have in your life. A vision board, desktop screensaver, or mobile phone background are great ways to keep your goals top of mind!

In addition to the daily log, it’s important to track your weekly and monthly progress. The weekly tracker in Your LifeBook allows you to measure trends without overanalyzing daily results. In comparison, the monthly tracker allows you to see the progress and transformation you’ve made throughout the year.

Discuss this Element with me, your independent OPTAVIA Coach, and let’s make a plan to start tracking your progress today!

*Consult with your healthcare provider prior to changing the amount of water you drink as it can affect certain health conditions and medications

Donna Racette Optavia CoachSince 2012, Donna Racette has coached thousands of people across the United States, specializing in weight loss, self-esteem, mindfulness, and energy. She lives on the south side of Boston with her sweetheart Jonathan and their three dogs, Zeke, Daisy, and Bear. She is certified by Optavia in partnership with The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (C.O.P.E.) in the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University.

Prior to health coaching, Donna has nearly 30 years of experience as a versatile, award-winning marketing communications professional. She loves writing, hearing people’s stories, walking with her pups, the beach, laughing, Pilates, movies on the big screen, black coffee, time with loved ones, and a good personal challenge.

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