It’s a New Year and a New You….right?
According to one set of stats, losing weight topped the list of most people’s resolutions for 2017 yet almost half will have already given up by the end of the moth.*
There is another subset that don’t even set resolutions so they can’t give up or fail at them.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying you should throw your goals out the window for fear of failure….quite the contrary, I think the start of a new year is a great time to chase after what you want most!
The key to setting and achieving New Year’s resolutions is to take the right approach.
Check out my 5 steps to avoid the February Fitness CRASH and stick to all your health, fitness and nutrition goals!
Make a Plan
Setting a plan for your resolutions is the first step in ensuring you will be successful at achieving them. Writing down your goals and being specific about what you want really crystallizes the goal in your mind. You should also give yourself specific dates and timelines to hit certain milestones so you can celebrate each step along the way. Waiting to achieve a big goal that may take 6-12 months can become looming and intimidating. When it seems we are not making any progress, it’s easy to want to throw in the towel. Milestones along the way will help you stay focused and on track.
Ex: Set the goal of bringing your lunch to work everyday instead of dining out. If you are currently dining out everyday or multiple times per week, give yourself 6-8 weeks to develop a routine a making lunch at home and slowly increasing the number of days you bring homemade food to the office.
Be Honest with Yourself
Often times we expect a lot from ourselves and want immediate results. When setting big goals, take a moment to step back and make sure you aren’t overfilling your plate. This is why creating a plan first is key. Dream big and then determine how much time, support, and tools you will need to execute everything your are aiming to attain. If you set a goal of going to the gym everyday but know that you are putting in 12-14 hour days at the office at least twice a week then this may not be sustainable. Instead, get creative and have some easy 20-minute home workouts you can bust out or find a yoga class to destress.
Take Baby Steps
No matter what your goals are, baby steps will help you get there faster than you may think. When we try to change everything all at once, it is easier to jump on and off the bandwagon….’I ate healthy everyday last week but this week has been too busy and stressful. I will start again next week.’ Without consistency, you will not see major changes to your fitness level or waist line. In order to create that consistency, set out the baby steps you will take to reach your ultimate goal.
Having a partner to help hold you accountable is so crucial when tackling a new year’s resolution. You are more likely to stay on track and less likely to stray when you are constantly checking in with someone else. Grab a workout buddy to hit the gym or try new activities with. You can swap healthy meal ideas and recipes as well act as a listening ear for each other on those days where you just need to vent. Find a friend that you can trust to motivate you but also dish some tough love when needed. You can also look to hire a coach or trainer to kick your plan up a notch!
We live in a society where everything needs to be done yesterday and there is no room for trial and error. The truth is that when it comes to setting new goals, a little patience will go a long way. If your goal is weight loss or better nutrition, look to establish real, sustainable healthy habits. This will not happen overnight but through a consistent, and yes, patient approach.
I hope you find this info helpful and easy to follow!
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