January is known for New Year’s resolutions, but unfortunately the majority of resolutions seem to disappear completely before February or March arrive. Why is that? The goal was written without any strategy behind it.
There’s nothing wrong with setting the standard high, but when you don’t have a you don’t have a plan in place, you automatically set yourself up for failure. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get fit and/or lose weight – and this is also one of the more popular goals that don’t get accomplished. Whether your resolution is health related or not, these tips should help you succeed.
- Speak with Your Physician: Some of us avoid the doctor’s office as much as possible, but consider discussing your fitness and weight goals with the experts so that they can advise you on what works best for you. They can also diagnose where you are now and give tips on what to eat. And what’s most important is understanding how much weight you should aim to lose. Your doctor can give you an adequate weight loss goal based on your diet and exercise plan. Sometimes, we set the bar too high, but your doctor can give you more realistic expectations.
- Create a Strategy: Every team wants to win and in order to do so, they know that they’ll need a strategy put in place before and during the game. The same is applicable for your New Year’s resolutions. Without a plan in place, you’re setting yourself up for defeat. Create a game plan before you get started and remember that you can make adjustments to that plan along the way.
- Share/Track Your Progress: Rome wasn’t built in a day and your body won’t be either. The first few weeks can be challenging – this is normal. Your body is adjusting to your new lifestyle choice. But to avoid becoming discouraged, track your consistency and share it among friends. Some people choose to share their progress on their social media pages or send photos to those closest to you. You’d be surprised how much encouragement comes from people when they see consistency from good choices. If you’d prefer to be more private, take pictures of your results every so often and post them in your room or near your mirror so that you can remind yourself of how far you’ve come.
- Don’t Quit: It’s easy to fall off the horse and never climb on again, but don’t give up. We quit for several reasons, but inconsistency comes in at #1. Whether you’ve missed a day, missed a week or even a month – don’t quit! Each day is a new opportunity to start over. Another reason why people quit is because they beat themselves up when they fall short of their benchmarks. Speak positive words about yourself. For example: I am healthy. I am strong. I am on my way to a better me! Speaking and thinking positive thoughts will eventually change your outlook.
- Stay Inspired: Inspiration is everywhere – and the internet makes it ten times easier! There are so many testimonials online from people pursuing the same health goals. Take time out to listen to them whenever you don’t feel motivated or feel like giving up.
- Motivate Yourself: My last suggestion is to write down why you have these goals to begin with. For some, they just want to look good during the summer months. For others, it’s for serious health reasons. Writing down your purpose for getting healthy is a vital reminder to yourself. Without a legitimate reason, it’s easy to drop resolutions. But reading your own words on paper later on can be the most motivating speech you hear.
Whatever your resolution may be, don’t take it lightly and let us know if these tips were helpful.