How to stick to your New Year’s resolutions
by Shelley Langenhorst
Whether you plan to lose weight, get fit or save money this year, chances are you have your New Year’s Resolutions all lined up. Now the question becomes: how do you take it from a simple goal to something you actually accomplish?
Check out our simple tips for setting yourself up for success this year.
Step one is to make sure your resolutions are actually something you can achieve. Broad and large goals are easier to make, but harder to follow through on.
If you want to lose weight, don’t hope to drop thirty pounds in two months. Instead, make sure to give yourself ample time to settle into a healthy, new lifestyle that will stick. If you aren’t an exerciser, don’t expect to run a fast marathon before the year end.
Remember to build up and treat your goals as an entire lifestyle change, not just something to reach and forget about.
Shorter term goals
Instead of a year long resolution, take it month-by-month. Set out to accomplish one goal each month this year or add in one new healthy habit every month. It’s easy to forget about your resolution come March or April, so make sure you take time each month to go over and revise goals if necessary.
Sit down on the first of every month to check in and see where you are with your resolutions. Is there anything you need to adjust? Don’t be afraid of changing your goals to suit your current needs. There is no way you can predict how your year will go, we all know life has a way of surprising us and changing our plans.
Don’t let missteps become failure
Realize that things will not always go smoothly. Understand that life happens and plan for mistakes and getting side-tracked along the way. Having a plan B in place will help you bounce back from a misstep before it has time to become a failure.
Realize that you will indulge at a party or when dining out with friends and family and that it is okay. One meal or one day of poor eating will not wreck your entire diet and healthy lifestyle efforts. The same is true for missing your workouts for a day or even a week. Just pick yourself back up and start fresh. Don’t let it derail you completely from your goal.
In that respect, come prepared for when things don’t go according to plan.
For example, have healthy snacks in your purse/bag for those times you may be tempted with not-so-healthy snacks and treats. And remember there are plenty of no equipment needed exercises you can do when you are travelling or stuck somewhere without a gym.
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