Let the New Year’s resolution planning commence! Every year most of us decide this is the year we will make a resolution that we WILL stick to. Most of us are still probably waiting for that year to successfully come and go. The majority of New Year’s resolutions tend to be health-based goals. We have all heard that loved one say this year they will lose weight, exercise everyday, or eat healthier, which would be great if they all actually followed through with it. They say history repeats itself, and every year statistics prove that most individuals give up or fail at achieving their resolutions.
Why is it that our resolutions always seem so tangible and get us all pumped up for about 3 weeks, and then there we are on week 4, doing exactly what we promised we wouldn’t this year? New Year’s resolutions can be one slippery slope, but this year they don’t have to be.
Try to plan for 3 major factors:
Be realistic. Try not to take on too much at once. There is no reason that you can’t start off with a smaller goal and build up over the course of the year to achieve the bigger picture.
Be accountable for your success and failures. Do not make excuses or blame others for things you can control. Take matters into your own hands and plan for set backs, you will eventually get there!
Develop a support system and accountability. Keep your friends and family informed of your resolution, they can keep you motivated. Try this year’s resolution with a friend or family member; you’ll be more apt to keep each other motivated and follow through.
What is your 2016 New Year’s resolution? If you’re someone that wants to lose 10-20 pounds this year, try simplifying your goal. Work towards an initial 5 lb. weight loss, and then you can continue aiming for your final goal weight throughout the year. Do not be in a rush and take on too much at once, or you will most likely fail. If you reach your weight loss goal of 20 lbs. in increments of 5 lbs. over the months, you will stay motivated to keep up the excellent work.
If you slip up, do not completely give up- let your support system know and get yourself back on track. I recommend avoiding weighing yourself every day, jump on that scale once a week at the same time of day. You’re just setting yourself up for disappointment if you investigate your body and weight on a daily basis.
If you’re trying to eat healthier, make specific goals. Maybe this year eliminate a few problem foods such as sweets or chips that you might indulge in more than you would like. I recommend beginning by replacing your breakfast of choice each morning with a protein smoothie or a banana and a handful of almonds. Vow to replace chips with vegetable or quinoa chips, dessert with fruit or an all natural fruit smoothie, and even simply drinking water instead of sugary beverages. Start small and work towards eliminating some of the troublesome items in your diet and by next New Years you will hopefully notice that you have revamped your entire diet and are ready to attack your new resolution with confidence.
Try it out- all you need is a little planning, the will, and that perfect resolution for you. Remember to think healthful, keep motivated, and you will reach your goal. Put yourself to the test and ring in the year 2018 with a healthier new you!