Well it’s that time of the year again where we set goals for ourselves for the whole year. I am sure that the one resolution that we can all say we have either contemplated or set is: staying healthy and/or working out. Chances are at some time in your life you’ve made a New Year’s resolution — and then broken it. This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make change and then not following through. If your resolution is to take better care of yourself and get healthy, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks. Here are 5 tips to help you stick to your resolution!
1. Be realistic:
By now we can only hope that we know ourselves enough to know what we are capable of and what is only possible when we are dreaming. The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again is setting you up to fail. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now. Moderation is essential!
2. Stay positive:
Change doesn’t happen over night so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t seeing the results that you are wanting to as fast as you are wanting to see them. Know that you are doing what you can to reach your goal and it will take time.
3. Remain consistent:
Consistency is what will bring your resolution to life. If you have totally run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution start again! Don’t think that just because you forgot one day or two or three that your resolution no longer applies. TRY, TRY AGAIN!
4. Track your progress:
Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five pounds lost.
5. Have fun:
Don’t make this a chore. Remember that you are doing this because you want to and hopefully it will bring you to a happier place in your life. Make it fun for yourself!
Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient! Good luck!