Achieving Sustainable Health Goals: A Holistic Approach

Kelly Calkins, BCHN®

For over a decade, Kelly battled six autoimmune diseases with unwavering determination. Her journey led to personal transformation, calming her body's autoimmune response, healing her gut, and banishing fatigue, sleepless nights, and brain fog. Today, Kelly is dedicated to helping others facing chronic symptoms, autoimmune diseases, and nutritional oncology concerns. She works with 1-on-1 clients, leads group coaching, and collaborates with organizations like the Arizona Foundation for Women. As a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist® and co-founder of Abundant Hope Nutrition, Kelly's expertise shines. Her core belief: we're meant to thrive, not just survive.
Published: October 19, 2023

Have you ever set a goal only to end up overwhelmed and frustrated? If so, you’re not alone! Only 8% of people actually reach their goals. That means that 92% of people never reach the goals they set; it doesn’t have to be this way. I’m thrilled to share 10 insights on a topic that’s close to my heart – setting health goals that are not only attainable but sustainable. It’s a core principle in our practice to empower our clients to make positive, lasting changes in their lives. Let’s dive into the art of crafting goals that you can achieve and maintain so you can avoid being one of the 92%.

The Are of Crafting and Achieving Your Goals

  1. Define Your “Why”: Before you embark on your health journey, ask yourself: Why is this goal important to you? Is it to have more energy, to alleviate chronic symptoms, or to simply live a healthier life? Your “why” will be your guiding light, motivating you even when the path gets tough.
  2. Be Specific: Vague goals lead to vague results. Instead of saying, “I want to be healthier,” set clear, specific objectives. For instance, “I aim to reduce my sugar intake by 50% in the next three months.” Specific goals give you a target to aim for.
  3. Break It Down: Large goals can be overwhelming. Break them into smaller, manageable steps. If your ultimate goal is to lose 20 pounds, start with a goal of losing 1-2 pounds per week. Achieving these smaller milestones will keep you motivated.
  4. Make It Measurable: Choose goals that you can track. If you want to improve your nutrition, specify the number of fruits and vegetables you’ll consume daily or the number of ounces of water you’ll drink. Measuring your progress ensures you’re on the right path.
  5. Be Realistic: While ambition is admirable, set goals that are realistic for your current lifestyle. Trying to overhaul everything overnight can lead to burnout. Start with what’s doable and build from there.
  6. Time-Bound: Every goal needs a deadline. It creates a sense of urgency and keeps you focused. Say, “I will achieve this in three months” rather than “I will achieve this someday.”
  7. Seek Professional Guidance: Consider consulting with a holistic nutritionist and health expert like myself. We can provide personalized insights and a roadmap tailored to your unique needs, making your journey smoother and more effective.
  8. Build a Support System: You don’t have to go it alone. Share your goals with friends or join a supportive community. Having people who encourage and understand your journey can make a world of difference.
  9. Embrace Flexibility: Life happens, and setbacks are part of the journey. Don’t be discouraged by the occasional slip-up. Instead, adapt and keep moving forward.
  10. Sustainability Is Key: The most vital aspect of setting health goals is ensuring they are sustainable. It’s not just about achieving a target; it’s about maintaining the positive changes in the long run. This is where holistic nutrition shines – it’s about making dietary choices that align with your body’s needs and creating a lifestyle you can stick with.

Remember, health goals are not about perfection; they’re about progress. It’s the small, consistent steps that lead to lasting change. Your journey towards better health is an ongoing process, and with a holistic approach, it can be a rewarding and sustainable one. Set your goals, stay committed to your “why,” and you’ll find that achieving and maintaining good health is not only attainable but also deeply fulfilling.

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Kelly Calkins, BCHN®
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